Several different factors must come together for a team to win the Stanley Cup, the least of which isn't health. With the 2013 NHL playoffs just around the corner, even a casual glance at the IR raises some eyebrows.
The shortened season has been a taxing one, with players not getting nearly the amount of rest and time off between games that they are used to, and that has certainly impacted the overall health of the league as a whole.
Few things are more disheartening than seeing your favorite team make the postseason, only to look on in horror as the best player on the team goes down with an injury just before the puck drops on the opening round.
Some teams are worse off than others at this stage of the game, however, as some squads have lost considerable depth to injury, while others have lost one of its best players.