It’s awfully hard to write about NHL injuries where there aren’t any. Somehow this year’s playoff season has been fairly uneventful, leading to me staring at my computer for at least an hour willing it to come up with something to write about (it didn’t, but the good news is there’s still funny cat videos on YouTube). Silly me, I completely forgot that when there’s nothing going on and almost everyone is healthy, you can always count on Ryan Kesler to have some body part falling off. This time it’s his shoulder, and for those of you who are keeping track, 75% of Kesler’s limbs have now been repaired.
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on May 16, 2012
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, The Quiet Room on May 02, 2012
When the Devils announced Ilya Kovalchuk would be missing game 2 in the Devils-Flyers series with a lower body injury, it became clear that the time for an all-groin post was finally upon us. Kovalchuk’s injury was initially rumoured to be a groin pull, and so what better opportunity to explore that magical, mysterious world, and to attempt to keep the inappropriate jokes to a minimum.
No promises though.
Posted by Jo Innes under Editorial, The Quiet Room on Apr 20, 2012
The Ottawa Knee Rules are fantastic. They’re a list of five simple tests to do on someone with a knee injury that identifies the need for an x-ray. You’ve fallen and whacked your knee, and it hurts like stink. If any of the following are true, you probably have a fracture and need an x-ray: You’re older than 55, your kneecap (and nothing else) hurts to touch, the top of your fibula (one of those lower leg bones) hurts, you can’t bend your knee to 90 degrees, or you can’t bear weight on the leg for four steps. The Ottawa Knee Rules have been tested to show 100% sensitivity (OH GROSS STATISTICS MAKE IT STOP), meaning that 100% of the people it identifies as needing an x-ray due to a possible fracture really do actually have a fracture.
Medicine loves a good algorithm. And good medicine can combine algorithms to solve the problem at hand using the same methods and hopefully yielding the same results each time. In a moment of post-West coast playoff game brain fog, I began to wonder why you couldn’t apply an algorithm to supplemental discipline, as opposed to the current method of whatever the hell it is they’re using (Alchemy? Dice? Majority vote in a room full of toddlers?).
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, Playoffs!, The Quiet Room on Apr 12, 2012
Per the Red Wings’ twitter feed, Helm had surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his right forearm. He’s done for the season
After just having missed a few weeks with a sprained knee, Red Wings’ center Darren Helm caught a tough break in last night’s series opener against the Preds. A hit on Alexander Radulov along the boards resulted in what appeared to be Helm’s right wrist coming down hard on one of Radulov’s skate blades. There are a lot of possibilities for what sort of injury Helm might have, with a lot of possible outcomes with respect to his ability to continue on in the playoffs.
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, Playoff Preview, The Quiet Room on Apr 11, 2012
The last installment of the pre-playoffs injury updates is an all-California affair. In keeping with the west coast theme, now seems like a good time to mention that I predicted the Ducks would go far in the playoffs this year. Whatever. My thing is injuries, not picking teams that are worth a damn.
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, Playoff Preview, The Quiet Room on Apr 10, 2012
Pre-playoff injury updates were originally being written in the order in which teams clinched. Since everybody clinched at once over the weekend, they’re now based on which combinations amuse me the most. Next up: Florida and Phoenix. A team that won a terrible division and a team that won a slightly less terrible but still pretty awful division.
Posted by Jo Innes under NHL Injuries, Playoff Preview, The Quiet Room on Apr 09, 2012
*Note* The pre-playoffs injury updates were originally being done in the order in which teams clinched. Since the rest of them decided to make my life hard and all clinch at the same time, updates are now being done in the order I find most amusing.
Welcome to the national capital edition of the pre-playoffs injury update. First, a bit of trivia. Ottawa (not Toronto) is the capital of Canada. Yes, it’s true. Go ahead and question everything you thought you knew. Next, it may also interest you to know that Washington DC is not a state. Having gotten those important little tidbits of information out of the way*, let’s look at how these two teams are shaping up headed into the playoffs.
* There are people out there that regularly get these two facts wrong. Yes, really.