Sunday, January 8, 2017

Laine out with Concussion after Plastering by McCabe

Patrick Laine got his *official* welcome to the NHL in his 42nd game. The 19-year-old rookie sensation, who has tallied 21 goals on the season, was drilled at center ice by Buffalo's Jake McCabe during the Sabres 4-3 win at Key Bank Center over Winnipeg.

Laine left the ice and did not return.

On Sunday, Jets head coach Paul Maurice confirmed that Laine has a concussion and that there is no timetable for his return.

"Patty's got a concussion," Maurice said. "He tested out [Saturday] night; he'll see doctors again today, so he will start the stages of recovery with that and we'll until the symptoms subside and then he'll start increasing workload and getting back on the ice. There's no timeline on it."

Maurice said that Drew Stafford will take Laine's place on the Jets top line for a while.

"He'll go into the hole that Patty was in with Mark (Schiefele) and Nick (Ehlers). They had some real nice sucess last year together."

Looking back at the hit, Maurice said there is not much that could have done. "There's nothing wrong with [Schiefele's] pass. It's a hard hit... they collided and both heads hit. We had a bad result. It's an awfully hard hit--those happen in the games--but it wasn't dirty."

Maurice said Laine was at practice and watching with a big smile on his face, so apparently he's not feeling too bad. Maurice added that Nikolaj Ehlers will be his chaffeur for he next few day. "He's in good shape," he said.