As bad it looked it didn’t turn out worse.
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall suffered a mild concussion after being slammed into the end boards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod on Thursday.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday that Kronwall is day-to-day.
“He’s not ruled out yet” Holland said of tonight’s game in Phoenix.
Kronwall was hurt at 2 minutes 13 seconds of the second period of Thursday’s victory. He was skating back to retrieve a puck when McLeod checked Kronwall into the boards. Kronwall’s head hit the area between the glass and dasherboards.
Replays showed Kronwall did put himself slightly into a vulnerable position by turning. But McLeod also had a responsibility on the play.
“When you carry a lot of speed in on the forecheck you have to be responsible for what you’re doing” Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson said. “Especially when you carry a lot of speed.”
Kronwall was on the ice for a short time and eventually carried off on a stretcher.