As you can see, Canucks coach Willie Desjardins wasn’t too anxious to discuss why defensemen Chris Tanev would be unavailable for tonight’s key game versus the Sharks.
Yannick Weber will draw into the lineup for Tanev, who’s normally Alex Edler’s reliable partner on Vancouver’s first pairing. Tanev’s absence stands to be a significant one, especially with veteran Kevin Bieksa already out injured.
One report suggests that Tanev is experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
If true, the Canucks better hope those symptoms don’t last long, because they can’t afford to get any thinner on the blue line.
Ehrhoff undergoes concussion testing after Ovechkin collision
Pittsburgh will be without defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for tonight’s tilt in New Jersey — and possibly more games as well.
On Friday, the club announced that Ehrhoff had been returned to Pittsburgh for concussion testing, stemming from a collision with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin during the Penguins’ 4-0 loss at Verizon on Wednesday.
The incident in question:
Ovechkin was whistled for a holding penalty on the play. Ehrhoff left the game immediately and didn’t return.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Pens fare without the German rearguard in the lineup. Ehrhoff has been one of the team’s more durable blueliners this year, appearing in 43 of 48 games, and is second to Kris Letang in d-man scoring (with 13 points).
Not a good health development for P.A. Parenteau on Monday — after missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an “illness,” Parenteau was held out of today’s practice with concussion-like symptoms.
Parenteau, 31, had missed three games earlier this month after suffering the concussion against New Jersey on Jan. 2, courtesy this big hit from Devils forward Tim Sestito:
After sitting out, Parenteau returned to play a pair of games — Wednesday’s win over Columbus, Thursday’s loss in Ottawa — before missing the Islanders game over the weekend.
This setback is the latest in what’s been a disappointing season for the Quebec native. Parenteau was acquired by Montreal in exchange for Daniel Briere and began his homecoming campaign well, scoring five points in his first five games. From there, though, he’s struggled to find chemistry with various linemates and is currently mired in a 16-game goalless drought.