Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin did not play on Thursday against the Dallas Stars after leaving Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a head injury.
The Canucks flew Sedin back to Vancouver so that the forward can see a specialist and get treatment.
Sedin was injured in the first period of last night's game, when Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith elbowed him in the head in open ice.
There's been no firm diagnosis of Sedin from the Canucks yet, and it could be a while before there is one since it's not uncommon for it take 48 to 72 hours after being hit in the head for potential onset of symptoms.
On Thursday, Sedin's teammate Manny Malhotra said the course of action that needs to be taken is clear.
"Looking at the hit, the head was targeted and the League has taken a pretty strong stance and set a pretty high standard as to the disciplinary action they take with regards to those hits, so I'm sure they'll uphold their high standards," said Malhotra.
In the meantime, given the value of the player to the Canucks, the team is erring on the side of caution. He can see neurological specialists in Vancouver but also get soft tissue (ART) and chiropractic treatment which is essential for any potential concussion to separate brain trauma symptoms from skeletal or soft tissue related symptoms. That procedure was part of Penguins centre Sidney Crosby's concussion treatment.
As for Keith, he faces a disciplinary hearing with the NHL - one that was originally supposed to be via conference call on Friday at 2pm et/11am pt.
The NHL originally indicated to Chicago and Keith that the hearing would be a phone hearing, which would limit any suspension to five games or less.
Later on Thursday, the league told Chicago and Keith that it wanted the hearing to be in person - where there would be a potential for a ban of six or more games.
Keith has neither confirmed his presence for an in-person hearing or waived his right to an in-person to just do it by phone.
There will be no decision on that until Friday morning.
- With files from TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie