Matthias (head) will return to the Canucks lineup on Saturday.
Matthias has missed the last two games with a head injury, but will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Rangers. Before getting hurt, Matthias had four goals and two assists in his previous six games.
Matthias has missed the last two games with a head injury. It appeared as if he might return on Tuesday when he took the ice for warmups, but he was a late scratch. Being back at practice today is sign he could return to the lineup on Saturday.
Matthias was on the ice for the Canucks morning skate, but head coach Willie Desjardins did not have an update on him following the skate. He was unsure whether or not Matthias would be available tonight. Consider him a game-time decision.
Matthias (head) left Saturday’s game and did not return.
Matthias was elbowed in the head by the Leafs’ defenseman Stephane Robias on Saturday. The Canucks winger struggled to regain his balance after falling to the ice. He was woozy, left the game and didn’t return. Its not a stretch to suggest a concussion because a quiet-room visit and then not returning would mean the customary seven-day window to ensure symptoms subside. If he is unavailable on Sunday, Nicklas Jensen would get into the lineup.
Matthias was acquired in the Roberto Luongo trade but at this time appears to be no better than a third-line centre. Matthias has a history of being great in the month of March. In March, 2013 he had 11 goals and two assists (13 points) in 16 games, and already has three goals and two assists (five points) in two games in March. He is expected to centre the third line with David Booth and Tom Sestito likely on his wings.
The Panthers have traded Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Roberto Luongo and Steven Anthony.
Matthias, 26, has nine goals and seven assists (16 points) in 59 games with the Panthers this season. He set a career-high with 14 goals in last year's shortened season, but has taken a step back this year.