The Afternoon Shift – Feb. 7

Jan Mursak/Photo by Getty Images

Lately, when it comes to injuries, the Griffins and Red Wings have had to take whatever good news they can get. So it is today that we celebrate the big toe on forward Jan Mursak’s left foot, which appears to be just swollen and painful — but not broken — after taking a direct hit on a blast from Nashville’s Shea Weber on Saturday.

Mursak, who is expected to be reassigned to the Griffins as soon as his toe heals, spoke today with MLive’s Ansar Khan. “I can barely walk in the skate. I’m not able to skate,” Mursak said. “I was almost 100 percent sure it’s broken. It was pretty painful. But they said it’s not broken. It’s pretty swollen, it’s sore right now, but I’m sure I’ll be ready in a couple of days to play.”

The Griffins, who played Saturday without the services of injured defensemen Greg Amadio, Sergei Kolosov and Brendan Smith, have had only two blueliners escape injury since the start of December — Travis Ehrhardt and Logan Pyett, knock on wood — and have seen forwards such as Cory Emmerton, Brent Raedeke and Brandon Straub miss significant time during that span.

For the sake of the Griffins and their playoff chase, let’s hope Mursak returns soon to help the club during its three-game road swing that starts Wednesday in Chicago. They’ll try to make hay against a pair of seventh-place teams in the Wolves and Rochester Americans (Sunday), sandwiched around a visit to Cleveland on Saturday to face a Lake Erie team that currently has what the Griffins want — the third and likely final playoff spot in the North Division.

The Monsters lead Grand Rapids by eight points in the standings, a margin that the Griffins can make up simply by winning the four games they have in hand on Lake Erie. But they’ll need several players to heal quickly to give them their best chance of starting a run to the postseason. 

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