Patrick Kane latest notable NHL injury

There's never a good time to be injured, but it's especially bad timing when you're an integral part to an NHL team heading to, or fighting for, a place in the playoffs.
From left to right, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Mark Scheifele, Craig Anderson, and Josh Gorges are all currently sidelined with injuries. (Getty Images/

There's never a good time to be injured, but it's especially bad timing when you're an integral part to an NHL team heading to, or fighting for, a place in the playoffs.

The tail-end of the 2013-14 campaign has been exceptionally unkind to hockey players, with a rash of injuries piling up as "crunch time" descends on the last few weeks of the season.

Patrick Kane was the latest casualty, suffering a "freak accident," as described by Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, which caused a lower-body injury that's expected to keep Kane out for the remainder of the regular season. That's 29 goals and 40 assists missing from the Blackhawks' lineup

Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings look more like their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins at this point, with 12 Red Wings currently sidelined.

Here's a list of other notable NHL injuries occurring as of March 1 to players on clubs with a shot at the playoffs, plus an indication of what their team loses, and for how long:

Anaheim DucksCam FowlerSprained MCL, 3-5 weeksDefenceman is the 4th highest scoring player on the team
Chicago BlackhawksBrandon SaadUpper body injury, day-to-day19 goals, 44 points, tied for team lead in +/-
Colorado AvalancheP.A. ParenteauKnee injury, 4-6 weeks14 goals, 33 points in 53 games; also a shootout specialist
Dallas StarsRich PeverleyHeart condition, out for season7 goals, 23 assists; also an efficient penalty killer
Detroit Red WingsJonathan EricssonFinger surgery, 4-6 weeksA shut-down defenceman, leaves a hole in the team's top-4 defence pairings
Detroit Red WingsJustin AbdelkaderLower-body injury, day-to-dayGritty forward puts up valuable minutes on the PK
Detroit Red WingsTomas JurcoBroken rib, 4 weeksAn injury replacement himself, the rookie had 5 goals and 10 points in 26 games
Detroit Red WingsJonas GustavssonGroin injury, day-to-dayRed Wings backup has a 2.55 goals-against average and won 15 of the 24 games he's started
Montreal CanadiensJosh GorgesHand injury, day-to-dayStay-at-home defenceman regularly matched up against other team's top scorers
Ottawa SenatorsCraig AndersonUpper-body injury, day-to-dayStarting goalie has a .908 save percentage and 3rd overall in goals allowed
St. Louis BluesVladimir TarasenkoHand surgery, at least 6 weeksSophomore had 21 goals and 22 assists in 64 games this season
Toronto Maple LeafsJonathan BernierGroin injury, day-to-dayStarting goalie has the 3rd most saves in the NHL and sports a .925 save percentage
Toronto Maple LeafsPaul RangerUpper-body injury, day-to-dayDependable defenceman worked well in Randy Carlyle's 7-man rotation
Vancouver CanucksDaniel SedinLower-body injury, out indefinitelyHis 40 points in 63 games is one of the lowest toals of his career,but Daniel's absence also affects the play of his twin brother
Vancouver CanucksRyan KeslerKnee injury, 2-3 weeksLeads the team with 22 goals
Winnipeg JetsDustin ByfuglienLower-body injury, day-to-dayBurly forward/defenceman is 3rd in team scoring with 52 points, but is expected back this weekend
Winnipeg JetsOndrej PavelecLower-body injury, day-to-dayStarting goalie has appeared in 52 games this season, but leads the league in losses
Winnipeg JetsMark ScheifeleMCL sprain, 2-3 weeksIn his first full season, the centre has 34 points in 63 games played


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