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.
Scott Gomez and Martin Havlat, now with the New Jersey Devils, will return to San Jose. Both players spent time with the Sharks during their careers.
The Devils play the Sharks on Monday.
The now 35-year-old Gomez played the lockout-shortened season in San Jose, scoring twice and picking up 15 points in 39 games. Hardly a fruitful venture out west. The 33-year-old Havlat spent three seasons with the Sharks, but didn’t play more than 50 games in a season in San Jose due to injury. He was bought out last summer.
“It’s past. One of those things in life. Maybe I should’ve done a little more homework,” Gomez told the Star Ledger. “They had a system there and that was the way it was.
“But that wasn’t going to be the end for me. That wasn’t going to be the final (chapter). Not there.”
Since returning to the Devils, Gomez has already surpassed his point production from last season with the Florida Panthers, and his 14 points this season is one off his total from his entire time in San Jose two years ago.
Cory Schneider left Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks after the first period due to an upper-body injury, the result of taking a shot up high, according to reports.
According to Tom Gulitti of The Record, an X-ray was not necessary for Schneider, who stopped 14 of 15 shots in the opening period. Keith Kinkaid played the remainder of the game for New Jersey, stopping 21 of 25 shots as the Devils lost to the Ducks 5-1.
“He got hit with a shot in the first period. He’s feeling better right now, but he couldn’t go back in,” said Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, as per the club’s Twitter account.
Schneider has played in 40 of 46 games this season. He leads the league in shots faced (1,133) and saves (1,041).