Taylor Hall takes skate to the face in warm-ups


The Edmonton Oilers have had their share of injury problems this season, but this one has to take the cake. While skating in warm-ups before their game in Columbus tonight, Taylor Hall fell and was cut in the face by teammate Corey Potter’s skate. According to a team spokesman, Hall “fell and a teammate tried to avoid him and his skate cut him.”

In the aftermath, Hall took a deep cut above the eye and according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, “may require more extensive repairs.” In this case, “extensive repairs” consisted of 30 stitches for the Oilers winger. Initial reports said that Hall was sent to the hospital, but later it was clarified that he was being attended to by the Oilers medical staff at Nationwide Arena.

For anyone wondering how he could be cut around the eye while he wears a visor, he was not wearing a helmet during the warm-ups.

The injury means the Oilers were forced to start the game without Hall, superstar rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Jordan Eberle tonight. For those keeping track at home, that means the Oilers are without 45 goals and 64 assists between those three productive forwards.

Then again, the Oilers were able to rack up a pair of goals as they raced out to a 2-0 lead through the first period of action…

Update (10:04pm EST): …and after scoring the first two goals of the game, the Oilers watched Columbus rattle off four straight goals for the 4-2 win.

Jason Blake suffers “severe” cut in win against San Jose

The Ducks opened their North American schedule with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the rival San Jose Sharks in front of a charged atmosphere in Anaheim. But the excitement of a big, early season victory for the team was short lived as head coach Randy Carlyle announced that forward Jason Blake was headed to the hospital with a “severe” cut on his left forearm. Initial reports say he’ll need “many sutures” tonight and doctors are currently examining the Ducks’ forward to figure out what to do next.

The cut occurred about halfway through the 3rd period of Friday night’s game. Here’s how the play cut occurred:

“Blake fell down near San Jose defenseman Brent Burns while attempting to play the puck moments after a faceoff, and Burns’ right skate appeared to cut Blake accidentally. Blake immediately raised his arm and skated off the ice.”

Here’s a link to video of the play.

Blake was forced to leave the arena on a stretcher that kept his arm upright.

Blake has been playing on the Ducks “old man” line alongside fellow veterans Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne. He had 16 goals and 32 points in 76 games last season for the Ducks and has averaged 14:27 in ice time through the first three games of this season. He isn’t the first NHLer to be cut by a skate this year either. Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri was cut in a game against the Winnipeg Jets this weekend and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

Unfortunately, this injury looks like it could be much more serious. We’ll have more updates as they become available tomorrow.