Jonathan Toews is "doing much better." Patrice Bergeron is "day-to-day." The questions about Marian Hossa and Nathan Horton have subsided, even though both are likely still hurting.
Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final could come down to which team is healthier Monday night at TD Garden, although -- as is often the case this time of year -- it's difficult to judge at the moment.
Toews, the Blackhawks' captain, missed the entire third period as Chicago won Game 5 on Saturday, 3-1, to pull within a game of the franchise's second Cup in four years. Bergeron, the Bruins' best two-way forward and top goal-scorer of the finals (four goals), was taken to the hospital for observation during the contest.
"He looked really good today. He had a nice suit on, very dashing," Bruins forward Brad Marchand joked when asked of Bergeron's status. "Obviously, he's a big part of the team, and, hopefully, he can play tomorrow."
You don't get precise info on injuries. Bruins coach Claude Julien was especially opaque during Sunday's off day when asked about Bergeron.
"Body injury," Julien told reporters.
The only thing worse might be an "outer body injury." Canada's Rogers Sportsnet reported that Bergeron was taken in for observation for a possible spleen injury.
"Of course it's tough to lose him," said Bruins center Carl Soderberg, who helped fill in for Bergeron in Game 5. "He's our best player, so it's tough for every team. They lost their best player too, so it was almost a tie there. But Bergy's really important to us, so we need him tomorrow."
There's little info to go on with Toews' injury, other than he lasted only four shifts after a brutal -- but legal -- check by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period of Game 5.
Boychuk wasn't penalized, and the league won't discipline him further for the collision.
"We're this close to reaching our goal," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "Obviously, we want (Toews) to play, but if he's not, we have to find a way to get it done either way."
Earlier in the series, the Blackhawks had to play minus Hossa. He was a surprise scratch before Game 2, possibly dealing with some sort of neck issue. He has played in each game since, though he only has two assists and no goals in the finals -- not what you'd expect from Chicago's third-leading scorer from the regular season.
The Bruins were minus Horton -- reportedly because of a separated shoulder -- after he was forced out in the first overtime of the Hawks' 4-3, three-OT Game 4 victory. He returned for Game 2.
Other players are likely suffering from injuries we won't know about -- just like exactly what's wrong with Toews, Bergeron, Hossa and Norton -- until after the finals are complete. For both teams, that could come down to which healthy (or seemingly healthy) player steps in to fill the void.
"Well, I think you've got to (play through the pain)," Horton said. "You don't want to hurt your teammates. I think you have to be the judge yourself if you can help or you can't help. You have to be true to yourself and do what you can."
Impact players are easy to spot, at least of late, for the 'Hawks. Kane, who went without a goal in the first three games, scored once in Game 4 and twice in Game 5. Sharp, like the 2010 Blackhawks squad that won the Cup, has been a constant threat, and would have had one more in Game 5 had it not been for an acrobatic save by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
For Boston, this might be a good time for forwards Brad Marchand and David Krejci -- neither of whom have a goal in the finals -- to produce. The extent of Bergeron's injury will remain a major factor since the Bruins are already thin at center since Gregory Campbell (broken leg) went down earlier in the playoffs.
There's one thing that makes even the most injured player feel a lot better and, no, it doesn't come from a needle: lifting that 35-pound Stanley Cup.