The Canucks have had their struggles through the first two games of their first round series with Los Angeles and Daniel Sedin’s absence is a big part of that.
According to Kristin Reid of Global Media, the Canucks are going to have go the rest of the first round without Daniel there to help them. Reid tweets that Sedin will not only miss Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles but will be out for the rest of the first round thanks to a concussion that kept him out for the latter part of the season.
While the Canucks have been able to hang tough with the Kings, Daniel’s absence from the lineup is noticeable and his brother, Henrik Sedin, hasn’t been able to pick up the offensive slack without Daniel riding shotgun on his line.
The Canucks have a lot of questions to answer heading into Game 3 as they try to get back in the series, including whether or not to start Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo, but one of those answers won’t come in the form of Daniel Sedin.
While Vancouver isn’t offering much detail about the concussion suffered by Daniel Sedin, the club did allow defenseman Keith Ballard to speak about his concussion — one that’s kept him out of the lineup since Feb. 7.
Based on what the 29-year-old rearguard had to say, it hasn’t been good.
“I had a lot of different stuff,” Ballard told the Vancouver Sun. “I had dizziness and a lot of headaches during the day. I was sleeping 16-18 hours a day and, when I tried to do some light workouts, I ended up getting real sick and I’d be in bed for four days.
“By around the end of February, we almost had no choice but to just shut me down and not do anything. At that point, I couldn’t get through a day without a lot of symptoms.”
Ballard thinks he suffered the concussion during Vancouver’s Feb. 5 game against Colorado, but didn’t start experiencing symptoms until playing against Nashville two nights later. He’s been off the ice ever since, only rejoining the team for the morning skate prior to Monday’s 1-0 victory over Los Angeles.
“Day 1 was today so I’ve got a ways to go,” he said. “I missed a month and a bit. It’s good to get back on the ice with the team but, as far as anything else goes, I’m not looking too far forward.
“I’ve been skating for a little bit over a week, at first just on my own and then with a couple of guys who stayed back on the road trip,” he continued. “Before that, I had a few bike rides and a few workouts. Now I need to get in some good practices with the team and get some contact. That’s the one thing I haven’t had at all.”
Ballard has played in 47 games this year (1G-6A-7PTS), averaging over 15 minutes of ice time.
The Chicago Blackhawks have excelled without their captain Jonathan Toews (concussion), but it’s safe to say they would love to have him back for their probable playoff run. Toews has skated for six straight days, but with less than two weeks remaining before the end of the regular season, it’s not clear when he’ll take the next step.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hopes that Toews will be cleared for contact “soon,” but he added that it hasn’t been discussed yet.
Meanwhile, Steve Montador, who is also out with a concussion, has been given the green light to participate in contact drills. Quenneville is looking to “get him some more contact this week.” Of course, there’s no guarantee that Montador will return before the end of the regular season, but he is hoping to make that happen.
If there has been one encouraging sign in Taylor Hall’s recovery from a concussion, it’s that he got back to skating shortly after suffering the injury. However, Thursday was an exception as he was kept off the ice.
“I don’t know if it’s a setback, I think it’s a leveling off,” said Oilers coach Tom Renney. “It’s a concussion. The bottom line is that he’s not ready to play the game, we’ll take it a day at time. We’ll see how’s he’s doing (Friday). He may be able to skate tomorrow, maybe not. We want him close to us so we’re able to make that determination.”
Hall felt “pretty much normal” on Sunday, but Renney said he’s “clearly” not ready. With so little time remaining in the regular season, it seems reasonable to wonder if Hall will play again in the 2011-12 campaign. For now though, Renney is calling Hall “day-to-day.”
Although Oilers coach Tom Renney initially felt Cory Sarich’s hit on Taylor Hall during Friday’s game was clean, he started to have second thoughts on Sunday.
“The check was going to get finished no matter what,” Renney said. “One thing I forgot to check and see was whether they had a high reload to protect the pinch. If they didn’t then it kind of makes you wonder what the intent was there.”
Hall lost his footing prior to the hit, which is why his head was at the same level as Sarich’s elbow. That’s pretty much the argument for it being a clean hit, but now Renney seems to be wondering if it was really an unfortunate accident or if Sarich took advantage of the situation. Here’s the hit again so you make your own call:
The good news is that Hall wasn’t dealing with post-concussion symptoms on Sunday, although the Oilers intend to follow the concussion protocol with him. After all, they don’t want to take any chances with the health of one of their rising stars.