Nodl has missed the last 5 games due to injury, but today is the first we’ve heard that it is an eye injury. Carter has also missed the last 3 games with a knee injury, but is reportedly likely to return at some point during this round.
The biggest news is that Michael Leighton is out with a lower-body injury. This could be the explanation for why Leighton was not at practice the day of Game 7, rather than a mental breakdown. The question becomes, is Leighton’s lower-body injury an aggravation of his back injury from last offseason? If so, how serious is it?
In terms of Game 1 against Boston, this news is not much of a factor. None of those three were likely to play before Game 3 – if at all – but now we have some clarity on what those injuries are.