Every NHL fan base goes through the pain and sorrow of a star player missing time, seemingly always in a clutch moment of the season. If you followed the 2021-22 Stars, however, you likely noticed that was not the case.
The Stars not only limited their injuries last season, they actually found a way to rank first in the NHL with only 200 total days missed. That is 62 days fewer than the second-ranked Minnesota Wild and 2,555 less than the league-worst Montreal Canadiens. Yikes.
Of course, the injuries that did occur were to pretty significant players. Miro Heiskanen missed a few weeks with mono, Braden Holtby missed half the season, and Robertson and Klingberg were each held out of eight games. But that’s really it. All in all, that is pretty impressive and it is too bad they could not find themselves in a better playoff position because of it.
When looking at the previous four seasons, the story is very different. From 2017 to 2021, the Stars lost roughly $56 million in salary to injury, among the most in the league. Of course, a massive part of that was the absence of Ben Bishop, Alexander Radulov, and Tyler Seguin in 2020-21.
The Boston Bruins found themselves at the top of the list in terms of total injuries from 2017-21 (937), while the Montreal Canadiens top the charts with over $61 million lost over that time.
For more details and the full list of NHL injuries, check out the post from Betway Insider.