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Just getting a chance to sit down at the computer, I came across some injury updates regarding our “battered and bruised soldiers”. I will refer to them as soldiers in this post, not because they have shown bravery and heroism like the men and women making us proud overseas, but because of the adversity and period of uneasiness they have battled through as a team.

Did I just hear the blog world grind to a stop? I think I did – so let me cut right to the chase.

Greg Logan, as always – has posted up an excellent blog entry today. He gives us the scoop on just about every injury, whether known or unknown and the status of each player.

Rick DiPietro
Status: Practiced and feels good, will start tomorrow night at home against the Panthers

Mike Sillinger
Status: Hip Flexor Injury, Missed a game – probable for the game tomorrow.

Radek Martinek
Status: High Ankle Sprain, Missed last several games – attempted to practice but had discomfort. Unlikely to play tomorrow at home but will accompany the team on their road trip, so it is safe to say that Marty will be in the lineup at some point during the trip.

Mike Comrie
Status: Bruised toe on toe-drag foot, Undisclosed injury (*ISLESBLOGGER OPINION – Wrist/Hand Injury) – missed practice, probable for tomorrows game.

Ruslan Fedotenko
Status: Bruised finger, possibly re-injured on a slash in Carolina, practiced and probable for tomorrow

Andy Sutton
Status: “Bumps and Bruises”, practiced and probable for tomorrow.

What do all these injuries mean? Well for one that the team isn’t afraid to play through smaller injuries that many players would elect to sit out. We know this team is made up of gritty veterans – so it’s really not a surprise. It shows character, pride and fierce competitiveness.

The fact that DiPietro is coming back to a team full of confidence after winning two straight without his presence is huge. The team should really rally behind Ricky tomorrow night and pick up a win and an extremely important two points. The division is watertight and the absolute definition of parity right now.

Ted Nolan has this team beginning to fire on all cylinders once again – they have looked close to the form they showed at the start of the season – and honestly it is perfect timing.