NHL Injury: Tom Wilson game-time decision, Penguins battered, and more

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The NHL Injury list seems to be growing faster than usual as the Playoffs are already exacting their toll on players across the league.

Big names like Frederik Andersen (CAR), Juuse Saros (NSH), and Tristan Jarry (PIT) are all not playing .

On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals ruled bruising forward Tom Wilson a game-time decision for Thursday night’s Game 2 against the Florida Panthers.

NHL Injury: Tom Wilson a game-time decision

Wilson, 28, had a big regular season with 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) and scored a key goal in Game 1 before exiting with a lower-body injury.

He did not return for the second period after a hit from Panthers’ blue-liner.MacKenzie Weeger

“You can’t replace Tom, especially in playoffs,” teammate T.J. Oshie said. “He is one of our most important players because of his ability to play physical, his ability to score big goals like he did (in the first period).”

NHL Injury: Penguins battered and bruised

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Apr 12, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Rickard Rakell (67) skates with the puck against the New York Islanders during the third period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins may have won the game, but the Rangers won the physical battle as injuries are mounting for Pittsburgh.

Tristan Jarry was ruled out for the first two games of this series with a lower-body injury. His replacement, Casey DeSmith pulled himself out of the game, which many speculated as possible cramping but seems to be more.

“Casey is being evaluated today. Right now his status is day-to-day,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “Tristan Jarry did not skate today, but he’s continuing his rehab off the ice.”

DeSmith, 30, started in place of Jarry and made 48 saves before leaving with 10:42 remaining in the second overtime.

In response, the Penguins have called up Alex D’Orio from their AHL club to back up Louis Domingue.

Late in the first period, Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren caught Rickard Rakell with his head down and knocked him out of the game. He joins Jason Zucker as another injured forward.

“Rakell is being evaluated. His status is day-to-day until we get more information,” Sullivan added. “Zucker skated today with the group, he’s day-to-day.”

NHL Injury: Avs lose Cogliano

Forward Andrew Cogliano was forced to leave the Colorado Avalanche’s big Game 1 win over the Nashville Predators with an upper-body injury in the second period.

He picked up a goal during the Avs 5 goal first period and has been ruled day-to-day by head coach Jared Bender.