— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) September 20, 2016
If you felt a shiver go down your spine and a disturbance in the force yesterday, it was because Calgary Flames centre Mikael Backlund got clobbered with a high hit from Finland’s Sami Lepisto during Sweden’s 2-0 victory over Finland yesterday at the World Cup of Hockey.
While Backlund finished the game, a report from our friends at the Swedish publication Expressen indicate that Backlund will be absent from today’s game against North America and will likely miss the remainder of the tournament due to a concussion.
It’s troubling news if you’re not a big fan of the tournament. It’s even more troubling news when you factor in that Backlund is easily the Flames’ best 200-foot centre (and arguably their best 200-foot player, period). He’s also had probably the worst luck a human being can have with weird injuries.
- He broke his finger in the final practice prior to the 2011-12 season.
- He had his 2011-12 season ended with an arm injury.
- He missed a month with a knee injury in 2012-13.
- He missed the end of the 2013-14 season with a hand injury.
- He missed a bunch of time in 2014-15 with an abdominal wall injury.
Given how crucial Backlund is to the Flames’ success and the unpredictability of injuries to (or around) the human brain, the hope likely is that everyone involved is being incredibly careful with his injury and that it doesn’t end up being anything long-term or serious. It’d be an absolute shame for Backlund to have another long-term injury.