Corey Perry is leading all NHL scorers in the playoff, and his team is four games away from skating for the Stanley Cup. The problem is Corey Perry is not skating. He has missed two practices in a row after suffering an apparent leg injury during game five vs. the Calgary Flames. Perry was able to rerun to the game and did score the winner goal; however for a player to miss two practices in a row the speculation is growing that Perry could have an injury.
For the Ducks this could be what send their Stanley Cup hopes into a tail spin. With eight more wins needed to be crowned champions, and four needed just to get that chance Anaheim needs Perry as close to 100% as possible. As expected head coach Bruce Boudreau is down playing everything.Saying that “we had six days off; there’s no sense rushing him,” Boudreau said. “I’m pretty sure he’ll be on the ice Friday.”
It’s not uncommon for players to be hurt, or banged up during the playoffs. It’s also not uncommon for coaches to lie, cheat or steal to get an edge. The truth here most likely lies somewhere in the middle. Corey Perry is most likely hurt, but not injured, and for those who have played the game you know the difference between the two.
As for the series vs. the Chicago Blackhawks; this should be a great match up. Chicago took the regular season series out scoring the Ducks 8-3. However when you look at the playoff stats the Ducks are having a better run.
Top Scoring Players Points/Goaltendeing Stats
- Ducks: Corey Perry 15, Ryan Getzlaf 12, Jokob Silfverberg 11 (Frederik Anderson: 1.96 GAA, .925 SV%)
- Blackhawks: Patrick Kane 13, Jonathan Towes 11, Duncan Keith 10 (Corey Crawford: 2.60 GAA, .916 SV%)
Numbers can be misleading, but if Perry is not fully ready to go the Ducks will be missing the fire power they need to knock out the Blackhawks. Leg injuries are tricky, and not knowing the extent of Perry issues not only leaves fans guessing it also paints a bigger target on his back come game time.
I do not believe for one second that a player won’t take a shot at Perry’s leg to see if he is at full speed. This time of year it seems anything is fair game and if it gives you an edge you had better try to get away with it.
Series Prediction: Blackhawks in 6
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