The Blackhawks announced today that Jonathan Toews will be shelved for the rest of the regular season, missing six games, starting with the Wild’s contest with them on Thursday night.
Bad news for Chicago, and rooting for injuries is never ok, but a big chance for the Wild to take on a limping Chicago team as they start their brutal six-game stretch heading into (hopefully) the postseason. Chicago is already without Patrick Kane, but of course still has…the rest of their team. Losing Toews doesn’t make it an easy win for the Wild by any stretch, but it doesn’t hurt.
Here’s the hit that took out Toews. Questions surround the legality of what Brooks Orpik did, but he was neither fined nor suspended.
The Wild, of course, have injury concerns of their own. Nino Nieddereiter is questionable for Thursday, while Mikael Granlund is out with probably a concussion (of course this is unofficial, but, let’s not kid ourselves). In addition, Darcy Kuemper is still hurt, but you have to think that Bryzgalov is the starter for now even if Kuemper is healthy. The Wild recalled Jake Dowell to bolster the forwards and John Curry to be the backup goalie. Of course there is also this news:
Oh, don’t tease us.