Entering the NHL's shortened and condensed 2013 season, every coach in every city knew that injuries would play a major role in the course of the year.
So far, they've been exactly right.
From Erik Karlsson to Evgeni Malkin to Kari Lehtonen, an All-Star team of top-flight players has steadily formed on the injured reserve list.
Indeed, concussions, surgeries, lacerations and even the flu are taking their toll on the NHL more than ever before. Captains are sitting in the press box; goaltenders are spending game nights in the locker room; entire lines are being torn apart as, one by one, players fall.
And teams are feeling the effects.
The Ottawa Senators have undoubtedly been hit the hardest—eight opening-day starters have all missed at least the past week with ailments—but a surfeit of clubs are close behind them.
We break down a half-dozen teams struggling the most injury problems on the coming slides.
Note: All injury data courtesy of TSN.com.