Heading into the play-in, one of the things that was going to help the Canucks was having Micheal Ferland in the lineup. After a frustrating season dealing with concussion-related issues, he came to camp healthy and looked ready to go. Then, 80 seconds into Game 1, he dropped the gloves with Marcus Foligno of the Wild. Now he’s been declared unfit to play the rest of the series, and is headed back to Vancouver for evaluation.
The biggest concern is that this is a return to the concussion issues, and that his health and career are in jeopardy. With other Canucks getting injured, it means guys like Zack MacEwan, Justin Bailey and Travis Graovac could see themselves in the lineup with Ferland, Tyler Toffoli, Adam Gaudette and possibly Antoine Roussel not able to play this afternoon.
We’ll have our pregame thread a little later today, but let’s recap yesterday’s bubble action:
FLORIDA PANTHERS 3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 (New York leads series 2-1)
An unassisted Brian Boyle goal early in the 3rd held up as the Florida Panthers avoided being swept in a 3-2 win in Toronto.
ARIZONA COYOTES 4 NASHVILLE PREDATORS 1- (Arizona leads series 2-1)
A 3 goal 3rd period and a 39 save performance from Darcy Kuemper helped the Coyotes to a 2-1 series lead yesterday in Edmonton. Connor Garland’s first of the playoffs was the GWG in this one as Arizona can close out the upset Friday afternoon.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 3 BOSTON BRUINS 2 (Round Robin)
The Bruins were the top team in the NHL this season, but they’ve lost their first seed already for the next round after two straight losses in Round Robin play, this time a 3-2 decision to Tampa. You hate to see it.
COLORADO AVALANCHE 4 DALLAS STARS 0 (Round Robin)
The Avs are firing on all cylinders right now as they man-handled the Stars in this one for their 2nd win of the tournament.
MONTREAL CANADIENS 4 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 3 (Montreal leads series 2-1)
We said there were teams ripe for an upset and that the Penguins were one of them, and now they’re facing elimination Friday afternoon following a 4-3 Montreal win last night. Pittsburgh led this one 3-1 early in the 2nd, but goals from Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron and Jeff Petry in the 3rd gave the Habs the win.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 4 EDMONTON OILERS 3 (Chicago leads series 2-1)
The Hawks scored twice in the 3rd, including Jonathan Toews’ 2nd of the game as the Blackhawks are now one game away from eliminating the heavily favored Oilers. Despite goals from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl again, the Oilers are struggling to handle the Hawks. Again, you hate to see this.