It’s a scary thing to have a concussion — especially these days with all we’ve learned about the devastating long-term effects that concussions can have.
Sabres forward Tyler Ennis can tell you all about the fear. He sustained a concussion Dec. 30 on a hit by Alex Ovechkin.
“It’s a really difficult thing,” Ennis told the Buffalo News today after practicing with his Sabres teammates for the first time in months.
“I went through a lot of different emotions, a lot of ups and downs, so yeah, there’s really bad days. There’s days where you feel great and there’s days where it’s tough. To say I wasn’t scared at some point would be probably a lie, but I feel so good right now. I feel great. I feel 100 percent.”
Ennis hasn’t been cleared for contact, and he reportedly won’t play in the Sabres’ final two games of the season.
“Today was a great day,” he said.
A rough stretch here for defensemen on playoff-bound teams.
You can add Florida’s Erik Gudbranson to a list that, after last night’s action, now includes the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh and the Isles’ Calvin de Haan — after taking a high hit from Toronto’s Colin Greening on Monday, the Panthers sent Gudbranson back to Florida on Tuesday for further evaluation.
Gudbranson averages over 20 minutes a night and, at 6-foot-5, 216 pounds, is Florida’s most physically imposing defenseman. He leads the club’s blueliners in hits, with 150, and is fourth on the team in fighting majors.
He’s also the second Panthers d-man to be sidelined with concussion issues.
Captain Willie Mitchell hasn’t played since mid-January while dealing with post-concussion symptoms, and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to return to the club this season.
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The Colorado Avalanche are hurting in more ways than one following Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
However you feel about Tom Wilson‘s hit on Nikita Zadorov, it’s clear that it left Zadorov with an injury.
Patrick Roy confirmed that the young defenseman suffered a concussion from that thunderous check, which was not penalized. The Colorado Avalanche didn’t provide further details regarding how long Zadorov will be out because of that concussion.
The Avs only have four games left in the regular season. While they’re not technically eliminated, last night’s loss made it tough to imagine them playing beyond game 82 … so there’s a chance we might not see Zadorov again this season.
Was it worthy of a suspension or worse? Decide for yourself in the video above.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on Saturday afternoon because of a concussion.
This is the second time Fleury’s been sidelined with a concussion in 2015-16. The 31-year-old missed eight games between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31 for the same reasons. It’s unclear how long Fleury will be out, but with their playoff spot locked up, the Penguins will allow their goaltender to heal up before the start of the postseason.
“Marc wasn’t feeling well when he came to the rink [Friday] and we sent him to see our doctors,” head coach Mike Sullivan said, per the Post-Gazette. “He was diagnosed with a concussion [Friday] afternoon, so he’s not with us right now.”
Saturday’s game between Pittsburgh and New York will be huge for both teams. The Islanders will have an opportunity to cut the gap between themselves, the Rangers and the Penguins if they can get the two points this afternoon. The Pens will look to cement their spot in second place.
Here’s an updated look at the Metro Division standings:
It was quite the barrage of injury news today in Anaheim. Let’s run down the list, shall we?
— David Perron has a separated shoulder and is out until at least mid-April. The estimate was 4-6 weeks from the time he was injured on March 20.
— Frederik Andersen has a concussion. He suffered it Wednesday versus Calgary. No timeline was provided. Anton Khudobin has been called up to replace him. John Gibson is the likely starter tonight versus the visiting Canucks.
— Rickard Rakell has appendicitis. He’s out a week.
— Hampus Lindholm has the flu. He’ll miss tonight’s game.
Oh, and there was this:
That’s it for the health updates (we think), but not for the news. The Ducks called up forward Chris Wagner from the AHL this morning, then announced a two-year contract extension for the 24-year-old. So at least somebody got some good news today.
At any rate, Perron’s injury is probably the most significant. He’s scored eight goals with 12 assists in 28 games for the Ducks since being traded from Pittsburgh.
He’s hoping to return ahead of schedule.
“I know we’ve announced a timeline, but I want to beat it,” Perron told reporters. “I feel good and the rehab is going well. I’m in the gym every day.”