Friday, September 23, 2016

Backlund to Miss Rest of World Cup with Concussion

Mikael Backlund took this brutal hit from Finland's Sami Lepisto during Sweden's 2-0 win over Finland on Tuesday, and it has knocked Backlund out of the competiton. Adam Gretz of NBC Pro Hockey Talk reports that Backlund is suffering from a concussion and will not play for the remainder of the World Cup.

Sweden is set to battle Team Europe on Sunday in the semifinals.

The Flames confirmed Backlund's injury and say he is day-to-day.

Backlund had a career-high 21 goals and 26 assists for the Flames in his eighth season with the club.