The Pittsburgh Penguins received a scare last night when center Evgeni Malkin crashed heavily into the boards (video at the bottom of the post). Malkin was pushed off balance by Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson and hit the boards backwards, with his head snapping back. He left the game in the third period and didn’t return. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported this morning that Malkin is experiencing concussion symptoms, with severe headaches and mild disorientation. Malkin will undergo further medical evaluation this morning.
In a freak accident at a Winnipeg Jets practice this week, rookie Zach Redmond was badly cut by a teammates skate. The cut was above his knee and required three hours of surgery to repair a completely severed femoral artery and cuts to the femoral and popliteal vein. Recovery time is not known, but it’s likely he’ll be out for the remainder of the year.
Bad luck on the injury front continues for the Senators. Already without Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, the Senators lost goalie Craig Anderson to a sprained ankle. Anderson is listed as day-to-day. So the Sens have now lost their best forward, defenseman, and goalie.
Rangers winger Rick Nash will miss his third straight game with a suspected concussion. He was hit by Bruins winger Milan Lucic a week ago.
Calder candidate, Vladimir Tarasenko, was put on injured reserve by the St. Louis Blues due to a concussion. Tarasenko took a hard hit by Mark Olver of the Colorado Avalanche along the boards.
The Philadelphia Flyers have lost winger Matt Read for six weeks with multiple muscle tears in his ribs.
The Carolina Hurricanes finally admitted on Thursday that Jeff Skinner has a concussion. He suffered the injury the previous week against the Maple Leafs. There wasn’t one specific play that may have caused the injury, but a series of hard hits.
On the brighter side of the injury front, Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog is expected to return to the lineup tonight after being out with a concussion. Flyers winger Scott Hartnell has been given clearance to return to the lineup today.