Even a good night for Columbus can’t be without a bit of adversity.
The Blue Jackets, who put together arguably their best performance of the season Tuesday with a 5-2 win in San Jose, lost the services of veteran forward David Clarkson after an awkward collision with Sharks alternate captain Joe Thornton.
Clarkson was back-checking and tracking Thornton up the ice when they got tangled up at the Columbus blue line. Clarkson fell to the ice and spun toward the boards, and was in visible discomfort as he skated back to the bench.
A few minutes later, he headed down the tunnel to the Blue Jackets dressing room and did not return.
Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella did not have much of an update post game, but he did confirm Clarkson left the game due to injury.
Clarkson, acquired from Toronto last season, has had little health luck since joining the Jackets. He’s missed time already this season with a lower-body injury and, last season, suffered a season-ending torn oblique in March.
The 31-year-old has spent this year in a bottom-six forward role, scoring one point in eight games while averaging just under 10 minutes per night.
If he’s to miss any time, it’s likely Rene Bourque or Alexander Wenneberg would draw back in. Columbus next plays on Thursday in Los Angeles, then Friday in Anaheim.
After ‘healthy scratch,’ Flyers send Medvedev (upper body) back to Philly
Strange development in the midst of Philly’s Western Canada road swing — just one day after making Evgeny Medvedev a healthy scratch in a 4-1 loss to the Canucks, the Flyers sent the veteran Russian back to Philly with an upper-body injury.
[Flyers GM] Ron Hextall added that the club will know more once he is examined tomorrow by team doctors.
Medvedev missed last night’s game in Vancouver after appearing in the first 10 games of the season for the Flyers, as well as five out of a possible six preseason games where he recorded a goal and four assists.
Unless the Flyers are looking to rack up frequent flier miles, going back to Philly essentially ends Medvedev’s road trip. That means he’ll miss tonight’s game in Edmonton, Thursday’s tilt in Calgary and Saturday’s finale in Winnipeg.
Of the two, Bogosian is the more surprising development.
Lehner was supposed to miss 6-10 weeks with his injury, and it’s only been four. Byslma shot down the idea of an early return, saying the Swedish ‘tender is “working really hard, but he’s not close yet to getting back on the ice.”
Bylsma then told the News he didn’t expect Bogosian to be out this long, and doesn’t “have a good answer” as to when the 25-year-old will be back. The next step for Bogosian will be practicing fully with teammates, something he’s yet to do.
Bylsma also mentioned Bogosian’s comeback has been slow, as the injury forced him to miss a significant chunk of training camp.
‘Long-term project’ Zadorov healthy scratched for second straight game
Zadorov scored 15 points in 60 games for Buffalo last season and, as the Post mentioned, looked to be a fixture for Colorado in the early parts of the year, getting over 21 minutes of ice time in two of the first three games.
He also played all 10 games to start the season, making Roy’s “long-term project” line ring a little hollow.