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Report: Babcock offers update on injured Dermott

Some bad news for the Leafs’ red hot rookie…

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In case you missed it last night, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Travis Dermott left the game midway through the first period in the team’s 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night and did not return.

It appeared that Dermott was injured while unintentionally blocking a shot off his foot. He was in considerable pain afterward and did not return to the game. 

Here’s the play in question:

Turns out it wasn’t just a stinger. But the extent of the injury and Dermott’s status has not yet been confirmed. Head coach Mike Babcock met with the assembled media after the game to offer up an update:

Well, that’s… somewhat encouraging? Hopefully Dermott’s scans come back clear today and the kid can get back on the ice. It’s no secret that the rookie has been instrumental in helping turn around the Leafs’ blue line the last half of this season. If the Leafs were to lose him at this point in the season, things could turn ugly. Rest up, Travis. We’re gonna need you, kid.

Report: Pens clinch playoffs, but lose Kessel

In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Penguins officially punched their ticket to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs last night after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.

It’s no surprise that the two time defending Cup champions are back in the Playoffs for the 12th consecutive season. After all, fans and analysts have pegged the Pens as Stanley Cup favourites all season long. However, a development in last night’s contest may have a huge impact on the team’s Cup odds this season.

Forward Phil Kessel left the game early in the third period with an apparent injury and did not return. While it hasn’t been confirmed that Kessel is in fact injured, here’s the play in question that took him out:

This morning during the team’s gameday skate, Kessel was absent as was the injured Derick Brassard:

What this means for Kessel’s status tonight against the Washington Capitals remains to be seen, but Kessel’s eight season streak of playing EVERY game is in serious jeopardy. Stay tuned, Pens head coach Mike Sullivan is expected to update the media later this afternoon on Kessel’s status.