The Vancouver Canucks have already been decimated by injuries this season, and they’ll have to contend with another one down the stretch drive.
According to Dan Murphy of Sportsnet, Canucks’ center Ryan Kesler is heading back to Vancouver to undergo testing on his right leg, after a knee-on-knee collision with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jim Slater in the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win for the Canucks. Slater was given a minor penalty for tripping.
The Canucks are currently on a four-game road trip. Just last week, it appeared as if Kesler, after a report came out that he requested a trade, which he denied, was on his way out of Vancouver by way of a blockbuster deal at the March 5 deadline.
That, however, didn’t happen and he’ll remain with the Canucks for the remainder of this season.
Right now, Daniel Sedin, the team’s top-line winger, is also on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during the Heritage Classic earlier this month.
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.