Mar 4, 2010, 4:04 PM EST
There are two sides to this argument. For one, I love watching Olympic hockey and I don’t think there is any greater thrill than to watch my favorite NHL players suit it up for their country and lay it all on the line.
On the other side of that though, is the chance that some very important players miss significant time in games that are ultimately meaningless for NHL teams. We’ve already covered that Patrice Bergeron is struggling with a groin injury that he “blew out” while playing through pain against the Americans. Now that pesky lower-body injury that Marian Gaborik suffered will apparently not only keep him out tonight against the Penguins, but could likely keep him out over the weekend as well (subscription required).
Both Gaborik and Bergeron are the leading scorers on their respective teams, and are vital in the race for a playoff spot. Bergeron’s injury may be a bit more serious, but these ‘day-to-day’ injuries that tend to linger from one game to the next can turn into ‘week-to-week’.
- Neal admits kneeing Marchand was ‘not the smartest decision’ 56
- Leafs captain Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding 34
- Rangers confirm Staal suffered concussion 7
- Winnipeg to get outdoor game; Phoenix wants one 32
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 156
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 102
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 132
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 15
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 90
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (132)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (112)