SAT Injury Update: Neuvirth, Krejci, Vrbata
(4/14/12) Four playoff games on the schedule for Saturday, April 14th, the first of which gets going at 3pm EST/12pm PST.
In Boston, the status of Michal Neuvirth remains day-to-day. NHL.com reports that he skated Friday at practice, but that coach Hunter offered no update or timetable for Neuvirth's return. Rookie Braden Holtby played well in the 1-0 OT loss to the Bruins and he will get the start in Neuvirth's absence. Dany Sabourin continues as the Capitals' back-up.
David Krejci (sore kneck) is expected to play in Game 2. He was knocked hard by a pane of glass during the Bruins' post-game victory celebration. Adam McQuaid is reportedly close, but remains day-to-day, as is the case with Bs' back-up goalie Tuukka Rask. John Erskine is still out for WAS; he's day-to-day with a LBI.
In St. Louis, Carlo Colaiacovo has been battling an illness and has missed the past 2 games. Consider him a game-time decision. Brian Elliott has been nursing a UBI, although he dressed as the Game 1 back-up. He will likely do the same for Game 2. San Jose defenseman Colin White missed the opening contest of the series with a UBI and is still day-to-day.
In the CHI/PHX series, Radim Vrbata left Game 1 with a UBI. USAToday.com reports that he worked out on Friday, and that he is day-to-day. Consider him a game-time decision, but he could very well not play. He will be sorely missed by the Coyotes if he can't go. Andrew Brunette, Dave Bolland and Jonathan Toews all returned to the Blackhawks' line-up for Game 1.
And finally, there are no significant injuries to report in the OTT/NYR series.
Enjoy the action today!