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Lack’s concussion problems continue in Carolina

Carolina backup Eddie Lack, who returned from a concussion two weeks ago, has been diagnosed — or, re-diagnosed — with another concussion, the ‘Canes announced on Tuesday.

With Lack sidelined, the club has recalled goaltender Daniel Altshuller from AHL Charlotte.

Lack’s season has largely been derailed by concussions and post-concussion symptoms. He’s only appeared in five games for Carolina this year, the last of those coming on Nov. 10, and didn’t play at all since being activated off IR on Dec. 21.

As a result, Cam Ward has carried a remarkably heavy workload this season. The veteran netminder currently sits fifth in the NHL in starts, with 30.

Lack’s absence has also caused a bit of a stir with regards to Carolina’s depth chart in goal. Last week, the club was forced to dress 37-year-old equipment manager Jorge Alves for a game against Tampa Bay.

 

‘Flat out hit from behind’ — Devils’ Moore suffers concussion from Wilson hit

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There was good and bad news for John Moore, after the New Jersey Devils defenseman was stretchered off the ice during Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals.

The good news: Head coach John Hynes told reporters that Moore was being released from hospital.

The bad news, however, is that the Devils announced that Moore has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion — the result of a hit into the boards from Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson.

“He was flat out hit from behind,” Andy Greene told the Fire and Ice Blog. “Hopefully he’s all right. He’s a big part of our team. He’s a big part of our D corps. Hopefully, everything’s OK.”

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a dirty play. It looked like a hit from behind. His back was turned on the glass and he was hit pretty hard into the glass. It looked like it was a penalty. The refs felt because he didn’t get launched into the glass it wasn’t a penalty. It’s not my decision to buy or not buy [that]” said Hynes, per the Washington Post.

There was no call on the play.

“I’m going in on the forecheck, his back’s to me so I tried to let up a little bit. I wasn’t trying to finish my check and kind of rubbed him out,” said Wilson.

“Honestly, I wasn’t aware that he really had gone down until I looked back. That plays happens an awful lot in hockey, those over pucks. I don’t know if he couldn’t get his hands up to protect himself or whatever, but obviously [it was] not my intent and wishing him the best.”

Concussion issues sideline Bruins’ David Backes indefinitely

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The Boston Bruins won both games of their back-to-back set against the Buffalo Sabres, yet Thursday presented a significant injury loss in David Backes.

Backes is out indefinitely due to a concussion suffered thanks to a hit by William Carrier, which you can view in the video above. The 32-year-old dealt with at least one concussion stemming from 2014. (Let’s not forget his exchanges with Duncan Keith, either.)

John-Michael Liles has been sidelined with his own concussion issues since late November, with sparse updates in his regard as well.

Carrier seemed to hurt his hand in a fight with Adam McQuaid as a response to the hit that injured Backes:

Lack back for ‘Canes following 14-game concussion absence

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Carolina will have its regular goalie tandem back prior to the holiday break.

Eddie Lack, out since late November with a concussion, has been activated from IR and will rejoin the team ahead of tomorrow’s game against Buffalo.

In conjunction with the Lack news, the ‘Canes also announced that veteran netminder Michael Leighton has been reassigned to AHL Charlotte.

Lack missed the last 14 games with the concussion, and during that time Cam Ward started the majority of Carolina’s games, and fared well. So it’ll be interesting to see when the lanky Swede returns to game action, and how he fares.

Lack struggled to start this year and, at the time of his injury, had all but ceded the net to Ward.

Before the concussion, Lack played just twice in November — one was a 4-1 loss to New Jersey, in which he allowed three goals on 20 shots. The other was a 28-second appearance against Anaheim on Nov. 10.

Concussion sidelines Andrew Shaw for at least Habs’ next two games

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The Montreal Canadiens were already a little slim at center, and now they’ll be without Andrew Shaw for at least this weekend.

The Habs ruled him out of tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks and Saturday’s contest vs. the Washington Capitals because of a concussion. The team noted that Shaw’s issues really started to surface on Thursday afternoon.

Judging by their lines heading into Friday’s game, it looks like Montreal is mostly loading up with a strong first line:

Max PaciorettyTomas PlekanecAlexander Radulov
Artturi LehkonenPhillip DanaultDaniel Carr
Paul ByronTorrey MitchellBrendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto – Brian Flynn – Michael McCarron

With Gallagher struggling a bit so far in 2016-17, that really does seem like a concentration of the Canadiens’ best available assets.

If nothing else, Montreal probably hopes to get Shaw back in a week. They start a seven-game road trip (and play nine of 10 on the road) starting on Dec. 23. Even with a gap between those stretches thanks to the New Year, that could be a real challenge, even with Shaw in the mix.

Concussions can be a tricky thing to deal with, however, so we’ll need to wait and see.