Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher suffered a concussion when he was struck from behind by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn in the third period of Saturday’s contest, according to the Habs’ official website.
If you missed the hit, you can view it below:
Schenn did not receive a penalty as a result of that play. The question now is if the league will choose to discipline the Flyers blueliner for his actions.
Before the incident, Gallagher scored a goal and registered an assist to help the Canadiens earn a 4-1 victory against Philadelphia. Going into Sunday’s action, the 20-year-old was tied for fifth place among rookies with eight points in 13 games.
The good news is that Gallagher felt fine Sunday morning, according to Montreal coach Michel Therrien. All the same, the Canadiens will follow the NHL’s concussion protocol and he won’t be available for Monday’s contest.
So, let’s assume that the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will eventually play in the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field on Sunday.
Every indication is that Cam Talbot and Connor Hellebuyck shall get the nods for their respective teams. Most assume, with the firepower on hand, that this could be a high-scoring game.
Hellebuyck isn’t flustered about all the goals the Jets have allowed so far, as he told NHL.com.
“It’s not something you’re really worried about,” Hellebuyck said. “It’s early in the year, it happens to a lot of teams. If you look at the trends in the past 10 years, there’s always a lot of goals being scored at the beginning of the year.”
The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field this afternoon. You can watch it on NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2 or NHL.tv at 3 p.m. ET.
With that in mind, let’s get prepped with super-important stats about unhealthy food, interesting photos and fun facts.
Want to get an in-depth look at the rivalry between the Jets and the Oilers? NHL.com and Sportsnet both have some great retrospectives.
The CBC notes that there was rain ending in the morning but it’s expected to be cloudy. Overall, sounds like a nice climate for an outdoor hockey game. NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika wonders if the sun’s glare might cause some issues.