Western Conference Injuries: Kings, Predators, and the Blackhawks

Dennis Bernstein: Los Angeles Kings forward Gabriel Vilardi is daily with an upper-body injury and isn’t taking a trip with the group to begin their journey according to coach Todd McLellan.

Emma Lingan: Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi missed out on last night’s video game.

NHL.com: Predators forward Matt Duchene is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

Mario Tirabassi: Chicago Blackhawks forward Philipp Kurashev will miss out on the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Coach Luke Richardson stated that he won’t need surgical treatment.

CHGO Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews on his health circumstance, nearly shutting it down, and attempting to come back.

** NHLRumors.com transcription

“I would state, even a couple weeks ago it was sort of believed in my mind that it … I decided to pull myself out and put myself initially to attempt and look after my body and do what’s right for myself.

It wasn’t a simple choice, clearly, particularly provided the circumstance where your group is and how things are going. Everyone’s playing through something. Everyone’s fighting something. It’s difficult to let your colleagues down because sense

For me the choice was, I got to get myself right or the choice to not continue to play is most likely going to be produced me. I believe it’s a crucial thing for me to return to a location where I understand physically however psychologically and mentally I’m taking pleasure in the video game.

That it’s not every day, clearly it’s a difficult video game and the journeys hard. You decrease the list of obstacles you deal with playing hockey at this level, however it’s been a lot. I believe I simply needed to simply put myself initially because circumstance and attempt and get things best and go from there.

Having stated that, it’s coming down to where it’s the last couple of video games, and like I simply discussed, the idea sort of crosses your mind that this might be it for me in Chicago. So it’s absolutely essential, attempt and head out there and truly soak that in and enjoy it, and like I stated program my gratitude for the fans too.”

TSN: Chris Johnston keeps in mind that after last night, the Chicago Blackhawks just have actually 8 video games left and Jonathan Toews is attempting to enter a few of them.

“… and that’s because his future beyond this season is very much unknown, his future in Chicago is unknown, because of what’s gone on with the team there and he’s had significant health challenges. He opened up with reporters in Chicago on Tuesday, talking about the effects of the long COVID, about his uncertain future, but there’s a good feeling right now that he’s at least going to be able to play and at least have some sort of swan song with the Blackhawks before the end of this season.”

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