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Number of concussions has ‘stabilized’ compared to 2010-11


Although concussions have certainly made a big impact this season, the number sustained is on par with what we saw during the 2010-11 campaign.

“What I can say is we’re continually looking at all ways to bring this number down,” NHL vice president of hockey operations Kris King said. “The fact that it stabilized after a huge increase from two years ago is a positive I think.”

The NHL won’t release the exact figures, but the number of concussions jumped from 2009-10 to 2010-11. King credited the NHL with doing a good job of diagnosing concussions as part of the reason the numbers are high.

Unfortunately, there have been quite a few high profile concussion cases this season. In addition to Sidney Crosby’s long road to recovery, we’ve also seen Jonathan Toews, Claude Giroux, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Miller, Chris Pronger, and Kris Letang suffer from concussions or concussion-like symptoms at some point this season. Then of course, there’s Boston’s Marc Savard, who hasn’t played since Jan. 22, 2011.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”