Around the NHL: Nov. 12
Another week means another recap of all things hockey. Here’s this week’s look around the NHL
Kris Letang skating after suffering stroke
After suffering a stroke last week, Kris Letang was back in Pittsburgh’s lineup and played in the team’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Letang suffered the second stroke of his career on Nov. 28, but said that this one was a lot less severe than the first.
This time around, Letang only missed five games, while he was out for 26 after his first stroke in 2014.
The Penguins monitored Letang’s condition and minutes throughout the game, but Letang said that he and team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas were “going to take all the time [they] need” to make sure Letang is in no danger of playing again at high intensity.
Mitch Marner’s point streak now at 22
Don’t know about you, but Mitch Marner’s feeling 22.
Marner’s point streak of 22 set a team record, and there’s no signs of slowing down for the 25-year-old.
Marner had a goal and an assist in the Maple Leaf’s overtime victory over the Calgary Flames on Dec. 10. Additionally, he scored that overtime goal, capping off an electric night.
Marner’s point streak ranks third among active players, with Patrick Kane (26) and Sidney Crosby (25) in front of him.
Shane Wright scores first NHL goal
Shane Wright was on the revenge tour when he and the Seattle Kraken faced the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 6.
Though the Kraken lost 4-2, Wright scored his first NHL goal against the team that passed him up in the draft for Juraj Slafkovsky.
Wright’s goal in the first period had tied the game at one a piece.
If Wright gets a little more playing time and a chance to develop in the professional league, the Kraken can expect more surprises in this turnaround season.
Jakub Voracek unlikely to return to Columbus
In upsetting news, Columbus forward Jakub Voracek said that the chances of him returning to the team are “very slim” after suffering a concussion in the Global Series in early November.
Voracek was hit in the nose by a high stick from Colorado’s Dryden Hunt and has not been on the ice since.
Voracek said that he’s not contemplating retirement yet, but has to be careful since he’s had somewhere between seven or eight estimated concussions in his career.
There’s no medical limit on how many concussions someone can have before they need to stop playing professional sports, but with the information coming out about CTE in professional football, athletes need to take the research into account as well.
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