Links from around the rink: Apr. 6
April, 6, 2014
By Tim Kavanagh | ESPN.com
It's a battle of attrition for some NHL teams as the playoffs near. We know well how banged up some of the top contenders -- including the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins -- have been as of late, but it's a problem for some of the teams still in the mix for the wild cards.
The Toronto Maple Leafs -- once in firm position as a postseason team -- will be playing without starting netminder Jonathan Bernier from here on out, as he's sustained an MCL strain. Meanwhile, the team that eclipsed them in the standings this weekend -- the New Jersey Devils -- did so without the help of many key players, including Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias, who were dinged up in game action this past week. As of now, Elias, Henrique, Jacob Josefson and Ryane Clowe are considered day to day.