Skip to main content

Panthers without Bjugstad for Game 6, listed as day-to-day after frightening injury

Nick Bjugstad won’t be in the lineup for the Florida Panthers for Game 6. The 23-year-old center is out Saturday night after slamming headfirst into the boards during the second overtime of Game 5. He is listed as day-to-day.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

The Florida Panthers face their first must-win game of the post-season Sunday evening, and if the Cats are going to extend their season they’ll need to do it without one of their young impact players.

Panthers center Nick Bjugstad has been ruled out of Game 6 after suffering a scary injury during the second overtime period of Game 5. When chasing a puck in the New York Islanders’ zone during Friday’s game, Bjugstad toe-picked as he approached the boards and slammed headfirst into the half wall. Immediately, Bjugstad was clutching his head and he needed to be helped off the ice by teammates and the Panthers’ training staff:

Bjugstad did not return for the remainder of Game 5, which ended late in the second overtime, and it was reported post-game that he didn't travel to New York. There was a chance he could head to Brooklyn late to make it into the lineup for Game 6, but that won’t be the case as he’s officially been ruled out. The hope is Bjugstad isn’t suffering the ill effects of a concussion, especially considering the 23-year-old has a history of head injures.

In October 2013, Bjugstad suffered a concussion that forced him to miss five games, and he missed 15 games earlier in the current campaign with migraines. However, Bjugstad and the Panthers both said the headaches weren’t the result of another concussion.

“The unknown of the injury was it wasn't one specific hit, it wasn't one thing I can point out,” Bjugstad told the Miami Herald’s George Richards of the migraines in December. “That makes it bizarre and frustrating. Usually with an injury you have a timetable and can look at the hit or whatever it was. We have no idea where they came from.”

Bjugstad, 23, scored 15 goals and 34 points during the regular season and had performed well through five games in the first-round series, chipping in two goals and four points. Bjugstad has also seen his ice time increase in the post-season, and his presence in the lineup gave the Panthers one more weapon that could make a difference.



NHL Hot Seat Radar: Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are Dallas' highest-paid players, but are both on the decline. They'll need a quick turnaround in 2022-23 if the Stars are going to see any success.

Samuel Poulin

Prospect Pool Overview: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been competitive virtually since Sidney Crosby entered the league, and that means the team has had to take a hit in the prospect department to stay competitive. Tony Ferrari takes at the team's future, and which names you need to know.

Simon Edvinsson

Red Wings Prospect Simon Edvinsson is Just Getting Started

Simon Edvinsson can do it all on the ice. While he aims to make the Red Wings in short order, he's doing great work with Sweden's World Junior Championship team and has cemented himself as one of the tournament's top stars.