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The Capilano Rehab Injury Report – April 6, 2017

Not sure if you guys heard, but the Oilers clinched a spot in the dance last week. The fans celebrated, meanwhile, the players went straight back to work. They’ve done us proud this season, and every last one of them deserves to play in the post-season after all the sacrifices they’ve made this year. One thing we haven’t really had to think too much about the past ten years is the toll the season is taking on the players.

There are often injuries at the end of the year, but we usually just think “oh well, the season’s almost over, they’ll have all summer to heal up.”  It’s a little different now though. The guys are battling harder than ever before. There is without a doubt some of them are playing with minor injuries. Now that we’ve made the playoffs, it’s only going to get worse. If you’re not already banged up, then you’re going to be soon. I can think of a few examples off the top of my head where guys could be playing injured.

Right before Nuge’s goal against the Kings on Tuesday, Jordan Eberle got knocked down from behind from Dustin Brown. While falling on top of him, Brown followed through with a cross check to Eberle’s ribs which looked to stun him. If Jordan isn’t playing with a couple bruised ribs right now then it’s safe to say Jordan has ribs of steel. Those Saskatchewan bones I tell ya!

PS – Eberle later returned the favour to Brown by dumping him in the corner that eventually led to Lil Nugey’s goal. Was awesome to see Eberle getting feisty against L.A. while playing with some grit.

We all remember this scary incident at the end of March when Maroon went straight to the dressing room after being violently cross-checked by Francois Beauchemin. How wasn’t this a penalty? I have no idea but I thought for sure Maroon broke some ribs on that jab as well. It actually wouldn’t surprise me if he DID break some ribs and is just playing through it… the man is a monster. I was shocked to see him return to the game so quickly. I’m not sure what’s up with Eberle and Maroon but they’re playing with unbreakable ribs right now. It’s important to note that these dirty, uncalled-for crosschecks are just the beginning. There are plenty more where those came from once the playoffs begin.

Kris Russell leads the league in blocked shots per game and is only three blocked shots away from leading the NHL. You can’t tell me that his body isn’t painted in black, brown, green or whatever other colours bruises appear as. I bet he has bruises on top of bruises on top of bruises – I’m no doctor but those things probably come out as a deep red colour with green spots in it. A level 5 bruise I’d imagine they call it. I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning after getting punched in the shoulder, I can’t imagine what Russell and the rest of the team are going through right now.

Injury Report Veterans

As per usual, here’s your update on our current Injury Report veterans.

Pretty exciting times right now in the Injury Reporting world as Tyler Pitlick has surpassed the 100-day mark! His button and certificate is on the way to him now.

For those of you who are still wondering, no Andrew Ference is nowhere close to returning to the lineup. He will be on the IR until the end of time no matter what some guy on the Internet says on April Fools day. 

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  • Hemmercules

    How on earth is this team so healthy!? A typical year would involve at least 1 shoulder surgery and maybe a knee or ankle to the top 6. Maybe getting bigger overall was the key all along.

  • Bagged Almond Milk

    After Benning’s tough week, would it be prudent to have Fayne take his place for a few games? I might rather have a steadyish Fayne on the 3rd pair going into playoffs than a Rookie where you don’t know what you’ll get. The goals against the 3rd pairing D like the last few games will kill the Oil if they want any chance to go far in playoffs. It’s a problem that can be addressed and fixed, but it must be addressed forthwith.

  • percy

    Maybe they would have more injuries if they were fully engaged. Something they will have to be to make it deep into the playoffs . Our big boys have to play a tougher more physical game from here on. I think they should insert Graba into the lineup.

    • OriginalPouzar

      I think this post is a little harsh – the Oilers, as a team, are close to the top of the league in hits and have become one of the toughest teams in the league to play against. Coaches and opposition players in post-game scrums repeatedly mention this.

      Yes, there is the odd game when they aren’t as physically engaged as others but its a long and greuling season – its very hard on the body to play at 100% aggression night after night after night.

      • percy

        I hear you. Its got to be tough battling against 230lb guys all season long but the team that battles the hardest and the longest most likely will come out on top. No one said it would be easy, but if they want the cup that’s the price. The famous words of Tom Hanks , its suppose to be hard, its the hard that makes it great.