With the NHL trade deadline lurking, an injury to a potential trade bait player could derail the plans of a GM planning to acquire some improvements to his hockey club. Injuries are apart of the game and here’ the latest from three Western Conference teams.
The Edmonton Oilers are one of those teams that will hold their breath every time a player winces in pain. The latest is Ales Hemsky who is listed as day-to-day after blocking a shot from Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl during the second period in the team’s 3-0 loss.
The good news is that the foot is not broken, according to TSN, who reports x-rays were taken and were negative. Hemsky is questionable for tonight’s game in Nashville against the Predators.
Hemsky has 8 goals and 5 assists through 25 games this season and has long been viewed as a potential trade piece despite signing a new, two-year deal late last season.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try and extend their undefeated streak to 24 games tonight in Colorado but will have to do it without sniper, Patrick Sharp who is out three weeks with a shoulder injury. The injury happened during the third period of the Hawks dramatic 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Wednesday and is being labelled as a “severe AC joint shoulder separation.”
The 31-year old has 5 goals and 13 assists in 24 games this season for the Blackhawks and has been a staple for the club over the past few years.
Meanwhile, news out of Columbus from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch has forward Derek Dorsett out for the season after fracturing his clavicle. Dorsett has 3 goals and 6 assists in 24 games for the Blue Jackets this season.