NHL 2011-2012: Claude Giroux and 11 Injured Players Missed by Their Teams

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NHL 2011-2012: Claude Giroux and 11 Injured Players Missed by Their Teams
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For 158 NHL players this December, Christmastime might not be as merry as usual.

That's how many currently sit inactive on the injury report, according to CBS Sports' NHL Injuries report. From the current scoring leader to the last two Rookies of the Year to arguably the face of the sport of hockey, it seems like nearly half of all impact players across the National Hockey League are suffering through some winter health issues.

This plethora of injuries isn't just hurting the players injured, however. They're also putting their respective teams in a hole and dampening the cheerful spirits of many festive hockey fans.

Seven of the 11 players on this list are on one of the top 11 teams in the NHL to date, decimating a significant amount of star power at the top of the league. Meanwhile, several others are further hampering the success of some bottom-dwellers fighting to get back into the playoff picture.

No matter who the team is, though, it's undeniable that these one-less-than-a-dozen stars are all dearly missed by their squads as the holidays approach. Here's the rundown on what's keeping each one out of the lineup.

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