Injuries have always played a big role in a team's trophy accomplishments and the Detroit Red Wings are not immune to the plague.
Here is a list, in a nutshell, of injuries Detroit has suffered over the last month or so:
RW Dallas Drake remains out with a bruised sternum.
D Brad Stuart is out with a non-displaced fractured finger suffered against Columbus on March 19.
RW Darren McCarty is day-to-day with a rib injury suffered in Grand Rapids.
LW Tomas Holmstrom is out with strained abdominal muscles.
This is a pretty hefty list of injuries for any team to take. However, Detroit is not like any other team. The depth of the Wings is almost unending. Chris Osgood, hungry for another Cup victory, has replaced Hasek as Detroit's number one netminder and Johan Franzen has become a piece of furniture in front of opposing goalies taking Holmstrom's spot.
As for Samuelsson, Drake, Stuart, and McCarty, other players have stepped up their games to cover for them until they return, hopefully by playoff time.
For this reporter, it is nice to see "D-Mac" come back to complete the "Grind Line" of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and McCarty, the most intimidating thumpers in the NHL—bar none.