As reported today, Washington Capitals superstar winger Alex Ovechkin will miss seven to 10 days to rest and recover from an "undisclosed ailment."
Ovechkin is just one of a handful of players who are currently injured and will play key roles in their team's playoff fate.
Here are 10 player who should be shut down until the playoffs.
The Anaheim Ducks' All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller has missed 18 of the last 19 games with what the Ducks are calling vertigo.
The Ducks are in pretty good shape in the Western Conference playoff race and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.
They're doing well enough that they don't need to risk Hiller's health before (or during) the playoffs.
Chicago Blackhawks' center Dave Bolland suffered a concussion on this headshot by Pavel Kubina on March 10th.
The Hawks should keep him out of the lineup until at least the playoffs to make sure his concussion symptoms have subsided.
Yet another concussion should keep a star player out of the lineup until at least the start of the playoffs.
This time, it's Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson. Currently, TSN has Eriksson listed as questionable for a game on Wednesday, but the Stars shouldn't risk the long term health of one of their All Star forwards.
As mentioned earlier, Alex Ovechkin will miss seven to 10 days with an undisclosed injury. That should result in Ovie missing three to five games.
With his Washington Capitals safely in the playoffs, and their chances for a Stanley Cup resting largely on Ovechkin's performance, why risk it?
Bring Ovechkin back for one or two games before the playoffs to get his timing back, but make sure he's completely healed first or the Capitals will be done pretty quickly.
Chris Pronger had surgery on his hand on March 15th and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
The Philadelphia Flyers have already clinched a playoff spot and currently lead the Eastern Conference, so there's no reason to rush Pronger back.
Pittsburgh Penguin shutdown defender Brooks Orpik has been out since February 24th with a broken finger. He was expected to miss four to six weeks.
Orpik will be important to the Penguins' playoff hopes, so they shouldn't risk re-injuring Orpik by rushing him back.
The Penguins have been dealing well with injuries all season and would benefit from a healthy Orpik entering playoffs.
Manny Malhotra is the second best faceoff man in the league and will play a key role in what many are expecting to be a long playoff run for the Vancouver Canucks.
Malhotra had left eye surgery on March 17th and is listed as out indefinitely.
The Selke-winning machine named Pavel Datsyuk is suffering from an upper body injury. He missed the Detroit Red Wings' game on March 19th and will sit out again on March 21st.
The Red Wings are safely in the playoffs and have an eight point lead in their division. They need Datsyuk a lot more for the playoffs than for the rest of the regular season.
After being a back-to-back Norris Trophy finalist, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has had an injury-plagued season.
Green is currently out with a head injury and there's no reason for the Caps to bring him back quickly.
They'll clinch a playoff spot with their next win and can begin to prep for a playoff run.
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has been out since January 5th with a concussion, as I'm sure you know by now.
The Penguins have played well enough to be safely in the playoffs and can't afford to mess with Sid's long term health.
Crosby has been skating for the last week, symptom free, but should be brought back in time to play two games before playoffs at the earliest.
Also, after the shenanigans the last time the Penguins played the New York Islanders, they should consider keeping Sid out of the lineup in their April 8th rematch.