For 679 consecutive games, when the Vancouver Canucks have played, captain Henrik Sedin was in the lineup.
That might not be the case when the Canucks face Calgary tonight as Sedin suffered a rib injury during Thursday’s game, according to the Vancouver Sun. Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy added that Sedin’s chances of playing are at most 50/50.
The Canucks need Sedin right now about as much as they’ve needed him at any other point during his ironman streak. They have lost three straight contests and scored just one goal over that stretch.
With their hold on their Wild Card spot still tenuous, they need to prevent this from spiraling out of control. Playing against Calgary can certainly be a good way to end a slump, but the flip side is that it would be particularly troubling if their offensive woes continue against the Flames.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.