A plethora of teams will begin their 2013-14 NHL seasons handicapped after some tough, injury-laden training camps.
Hockey's opening week, which begins with three games Tuesday night and by Friday will have dropped the puck on every club's season, will be without a number of impact players and high-profile stars across the continent.
Nineteen teams are set to begin their campaigns with a key contributor missing, as 38 noteworthy, full-time NHLers already lie disabled on injured reserve.
|Anaheim||F Jakob Silfverberg||Lower Body|
|D Luca Sbisa||Ankle|
|Buffalo||F Corey Tropp||Jaw|
|F Marcus Foligno||Shoulder|
|D Nikita Zadorov||Finger|
|Carolina||D Joni Pitkanen||Heel|
|F Tuomo Ruutu||Lower Body|
|D Tim Gleason||Concussion|
|Colorado||F Ryan Wilson||Knee|
|Columbus||F Nathan Horton||Shoulder|
|F Cody Bass||Thumb|
|Detroit||F Patrick Eaves||MCL|
|F Darren Helm||Back|
|G Jonas Gustavsson||Groin|
|Edmonton||F Sam Gagner||Jaw|
|F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Shoulder|
|D Denis Grebeshkov||Groin|
|F Steve MacIntyre||Knee|
|F Corey Potter||Back|
|Florida||D Ed Jovanovski||Hip|
|F Nick Bjugstad||Concussion|
|Montreal||D Alexei Emelin||Knee|
|D Davis Drewiske||Shoulder|
|D Douglas Murray||Upper Body|
|Nashville||F Viktor Stalberg||Shoulder|
|New Jersey||F Patrik Elias||Groin|
|NY Islanders||F Cal Clutterbuck||Leg|
|NY Rangers||F Carl Hagelin||Shoulder|
|F Ryan Callahan||Shoulder|
|Phoenix||D Kostislav Klesla||Concussion|
|Pittsburgh||G Tomas Vokoun||Blood Clot|
|D Kris Letang||Lower Body|
|San Jose||F Martin Havlat||Groin|
|F Raffi Torres||Knee|
|Tampa Bay||D Mattias Ohlund||Knee|
|Toronto||F Frazer McLaren||Finger|
|Winnipeg||D Grant Clitsome|
A cornucopia of other stars are also in danger of missing their team's season opener, despite their presence on the active roster.
Players such as Calgary's Mike Cammalleri, Carolina's Alexander Semin and Elias Lindholm, Columbus' Nikita Nikitin, Detroit's Daniel Alfredsson and Danny DeKeyser, Edmonton's David Perron, Los Angeles's Dustin Brown and Robyn Regehr, Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Patric Hornqvist, New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik and Vancouver's David Booth are all in significant danger of missing a game or two this week.
The list of day-to-day stars is almost as long as the list of IR-sidelined stars.
Carolina, Detroit, Edmonton and Montreal will feel the biggest injury-related impact in their season debuts; Friday's meeting between the former two and next Thursday's match between the latter two should be interesting duels of highly undermanned teams.
As the festivities and excitement of the NHL's opening week get under way, a large portion of the league will have to consider their wins and losses with a grain or two of salt.
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