When Patrik Elias left Tuesday's game after taking a puck to the face, Devils fans cringed at the though of another injury.
Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik are both on injured reserve, captain Jamie Langenbrunner has been day-to-day, and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond LeBron-D'Brickashaw is also dealing with an injury. So when Elias returned later in the game, all eight* Devils fans in this universe breathed a collective sigh of relief.
And then, we found out that Andy Greene broke his hand. Yippee. Greene may have been lousy last year, but in this short season, he's looked a hundred times better. And now he's out four-to-six weeks after taking a shot to his hand.
Really, why are the Devils getting hurt? It's not a conditioning thing. These aren't pulled hamstrings or anything. These are bona fide injuries, caused by wayward pucks and awkward slides—accidents. Clearly, someone up there is mad at us. Maybe we should take a cue from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and change our name to the...well, the S.
(For the record, Sheldon Brookbank will be playing for Greene, and for a gratuitous inside joke, "Brookbank shirts are for pimps" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.)
*The last time I counted Devils fans, there were seven. One more fan has since been recruited.