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MON Injury Update: Giroux, Dubinsky, Korpikoski, Klesla

(5/7/12) ​When it rains, it pours... the latest player facing possible league discipline is the leading scorer in the NHL playoffs, Claude Giroux.  Giroux threw a reckless shoulder to the head of Danius Zubrus last night, although Zubrus was able to continue playing and was not injured.  We'll be a little surprised if Giroux gets anything more severe than a fine, as he was mostly guilty of questionable timing, not an intent to injure.  With that said, based on the way suspensions have been handed out lately, who knows?  Maybe he'll get 25 games.  Here's the hit...

 

 

And just to illustrate exactly how impossible it is to discern what deserves a suspension versus what deserves a two-minute penalty, compare Giroux's act to this hit by Alex Ovechkin on Dan Girardi from Saturday.  Ovechkin leaves his feet and targets Girardi's head with his shoulder, and yet this hit was not even reviewed.  We would argue it was worse because Ovechkin had time to adjust his target and hit Girardi lower, but he didn't.  On the Giroux-Zubrus hit, Giroux seemed to go for the body, but he whiffed because Zubrus adjusted his position at the last second.  You make the call...

 

 

For the Rangers, Brandon Dubinsky remains out with a leg injury and has yet to resume practicing.  He's missed all four games in the second round, and it doesn't sound like he's all that close to being available.  Meanwhile, teammate Mats Zuccarello is getting close to coming back from a broken wrist that cost him the final eight games of the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs thus far.  He joined his teammates today for the morning skate, although he's not quite there and is confirmed out again tonight.   

He's not on many fantasy rosters, but Devils forward Ryan Carter missed last night's game with an illness.  He's questionable for Game 5 on Tuesday.  Tom Sestito drew into the lineup in his place, although he saw less than 7 minutes of ice-time.  

As reported yesterday, Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn are expected to be active for Game 5 tonight against the Coyotes.  The duo were suspended for one game after missing curfew, and then they were held out a second game after the Preds won without them.  Now they're back in action, but with Nashville trailing the series 3-1 it might be too little, too late.

For the Coyotes, Lauri Korpiskoski has missed the last two games and remains questionable for tonight with an undisclosed injury.  As well, teammate Rostislav Klesla will miss the game after being suspended for hitting Matt Halischuk into the boards.  This is finally one we agree with.  Watch below as the Shanahammer drops...