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Lookin’ Bad For Ekblad
The Florida Panthers lost more than the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. Star defenceman Aaron Ekblad was forced to leave the game with a concussion after taking an elbow to the head from Gabriel Dumont. Ekblad has had history with head injuries as he got whiplash with concussion-like symptoms at the World Cup of Hockey. The Florida Panthers have lost four games in a row and are 2-7-1 in their last ten games. They are by no means completely out of the playoff race as they sit 12th in the Eastern Conference with 69 points. No one can properly gauge the seriousness of a concussion however, if Ekblad is out long term, it will be even more difficult for the Panthers to make a push for a playoff spot.
Calm Before The Storm
The Leafs have a rare two-day break before their next game Tuesday night. Rest is the most important thing this team needs considering the bulk of their main contributors are in their first full season in the NHL, and their number one goalie will look to play 65 games for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, true rest isn’t going to be a guarantee for the remainder of the season. This two-day break that the Leafs have is only their second last of the season. They don’t get another one until March 26th. Other than that, the Leafs are playing every other day or back-to-back. In the beginning of the season, this would be a problem but the team has proven that they can handle the grind of a game. The end is near, but if the Leafs can play right, that ending will also be a beginning.
How Many Games?
Welcome to the third instalment of How Many Games brought to you by NHL Player Safety. This week’s participant is newly acquired defenceman for the Washington Capitals, Kevin Shattenkirk. In the third period against the LA Kings, Shattenkirk decided to add on to his penalty count for the night. Charging was what the refs called it, but the NHL calls it, “you’re getting suspended”. As Kevin Gravel was heading towards the puck behind the net, Shattenkirk had his sights set on a hit. Saying that his feet were off the ice doesn’t do this hit justice. Shattenkirk flew up and caught Gravel on the chin. Luckily for Shattenkirk, this will be his first suspension, and even if he wasn’t they league hasn’t been doing a good job lately with suspend-able hits. Since it’s only a phone call, expect him to get two games which shouldn’t hurt the Capitals that much.