The Edmonton Oilers are currently on their bye week, after winning their last 2 games in the desert. The second of the two wins was the most impressive, as they managed to take out one of the hottest teams in the league at home in the Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2 in overtime.
The win came with a caveat though - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, one of the team's few bright spots this season, left the game about midway through after taking a hard hit in the head area from Brayden McNabb.
The hit appears clean, but some follow through of the shoulder catches the Oilers centreman in the face. He was shaken up and did not return to the game.
A report this morning from TSN's Ryan Rishaug reveals that there is no concussion, as was initially feared - something that would've made a near impossible task - making the playoffs - all the more impossible.
If all goes well, he should be fully healthy in time for the Oilers' next game on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.
It would take a miracle for the Oilers to make the playoffs this season, based on historical projections.
The thing to consider is that this season is largely unlike any others, with the parity so high that it could feasibly take less points to get into the post season. Still, they are pretty far out.
They'll have to start turning things around... and fast.