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 Ducks Cam Fowler Sprained MCL, 3-5 weeks Defenceman is the 4th highest scoring player on the team
Chicago Blackhawks Brandon Saad Upper body injury, day-to-day 19 goals, 44 points, tied for team lead in +/-
Colorado Avalanche P.A. Parenteau Knee injury, 4-6 weeks 14 goals, 33 points in 53 games; also a shootout specialist
Dallas Stars Rich Peverley Heart condition, out for season 7 goals, 23 assists; also an efficient penalty killer
Detroit Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson Finger surgery, 4-6 weeks A shut-down defenceman, leaves a hole in the team's top-4 defence pairings
Detroit Red Wings Justin Abdelkader Lower-body injury, day-to-day Gritty forward puts up valuable minutes on the PK
Detroit Red Wings Tomas Jurco Broken rib, 4 weeks An injury replacement himself, the rookie had 5 goals and 10 points in 26 games
Detroit Red Wings Jonas Gustavsson Groin injury, day-to-day Red Wings backup has a 2.55 goals-against average and won 15 of the 24 games he's started
Montreal Canadiens Josh Gorges Hand injury, day-to-day Stay-at-home defenceman regularly matched up against other team's top scorers
Ottawa Senators Craig Anderson Upper-body injury, day-to-day Starting goalie has a .908 save percentage and 3rd overall in goals allowed
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko Hand surgery, at least 6 weeks Sophomore had 21 goals and 22 assists in 64 games this season
Toronto Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier Groin injury, day-to-day Starting goalie has the 3rd most saves in the NHL and sports a .925 save percentage
Toronto Maple Leafs Paul Ranger Upper-body injury, day-to-day Dependable defenceman worked well in Randy Carlyle's 7-man rotation
Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin Lower-body injury, out indefinitely His 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 Canucks Ryan Kesler Knee injury, 2-3 weeks Leads the team with 22 goals
Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien Lower-body injury, day-to-day Burly forward/defenceman is 3rd in team scoring with 52 points, but is expected back this weekend
Winnipeg Jets Ondrej Pavelec Lower-body injury, day-to-day Starting goalie has appeared in 52 games this season, but leads the league in losses
Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele MCL sprain, 2-3 weeks In his first full season, the centre has 34 points in 63 games played