The Red Wings were able to hand the Avalanche their first loss of the season on Thursday night, but it came at a serious cost. In the 1st period, Avalanche forward Cody McLeod hit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall from behind into the boards, leaving the veteran blueliner in a heap. Kronwall had to be stretchered off and was done for the game. Later, Kronwall was diagnosed with a concussion and he'll now have to go through NHL protocol, which will cost him at least a week, but it sounds like it will be much longer than that at the moment.
McLeod has been called to the carpet of the NHL Department of Player Safety, so he'll be looking at a longer suspension for the hit.
The Swedish rearguard has been off to a great start to the season, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists in his first eight games this season, which is good for 84th overall in pool scoring, 8th among all defensemen.
Already without Ryan Callahan from a previous post today, Cindy has now lost one of her best players to date, this season and it could be for a little while as well. Cindy was barely hanging on to being above-average in skater games played this season, having 80 games played from her 12 skaters, slightly above the pool average of 77 games. Two significant losses to Callahan and Kronwall will drop that down below average in a hurry.