We were pretty lucky with injuries this season only to have them come now at the worst time. (Aside from Staal, we got lucky Callahan's shoulder wasn't more injured, same goes with Girardi on the Subban slapshot, and Nash making a recovery). I was really hoping Staal would return by the end of the season. I don't like how these injuries affect our chances. I think Clowe being out is going to hurt us and Staal goes without saying.
I think Staal is going to be ready tomorrow. Not for top pairing minutes, but I think he'll be out there. I mean, if I'm in charge of this for NYR, why let the Caps know that he's going to be back if you can keep them uncertain about it just as easily?
Don't see Staal coming back till game 2 or 3. Doubtful that Clowe or Boyle will play at all this series. Looks like Dorsett is at least another week away. We probably won't see him until game 6 or 7 possibly even the 2nd round.