Injuries play a huge role in the success of a team in a best of seven series, and sometimes injuries can be prevented, other times… not so much. The outcome of a series can really be affected by the loss of a player. The team suffers from not only his physical absence, but there can also be an emotional toll depending on how the injury occurs. Boston responded positively to an illegal hit on Nathan Horton which flipped that series against the Canucks around, and Boston ended up winning the cup. On the other hand, things only got worse for the Hawks after Hossa was taken out by Raffi Torres in last years playoffs. The Hawks have had some decent luck in the injury department, especially when you look at teams like Columbus, Vancouver, and Florida who have all experienced a ravaged roster at some point during the season. Q and the Hawks organization as a whole have handled things extremely well. The ice time management alone is a huge factor in the fatigue based injuries, and being patient with the injuries our players did receive has been vital to our long term success.
I can completely understand why some fans were getting anxious when Sharp and Hossa were practicing but not playing, but I’m glad we didn’t rush anyone back. Bolland said today that he wants to be back, but we have already heard the Hawks brass wisely announce he’s not going to be in the lineup against Detroit. I completely understand Bolland’s eagerness to come back early; I tore my ligament in my ankle three days after I got scouted for a semi-pro soccer team, and I learned that having a competitive nature can lead you to make dumb decisions. I was told I shouldn’t walk without crutches for two weeks, and when the two week mark hit I was attempting to run. I didn’t want to fall behind, and all that did was drag the injury out for about seven months. I would be 80% healed, and then it would get mangled in some dumb freak way which would set myself back another 2 weeks. The Hawks shouldn’t push anything, because honestly, they don’t have to. They are in the playoffs and are pretty much guaranteed home ice no matter the opponent, so why take the risk? Right now, the only thing for the Hawks to focus on is to be prepared for the long haul, mentally and physically.
The Hawks biggest task is to go the rest of the season with out an injury…. #LETSGOHAWKS
— Johnny (@Johnny_S_3) April 11, 2013
Let’s hope our good fortunes continue, because the Hawks have a chance to turn a record breaking year into one of the most amazing seasons that will most likely never be equaled in our lifetime.