Gaudreau avoided a serious injury after absorbing a hard hit from Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy in Wednesday's contest, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports. Onlookers couldn't help but speculate that Gaudreau may have sustained a concussion following the massive hit by McAvoy, but Johnny Hockey is reportedly "fine" and there doesn't seem to be any evidence to support the notion that he is actually concussed. This is the best-case scenario involving one of the league's top players. Gaudreau has collected three goals and nine total points -- including five on the power play -- through six games this season. All signs point to him playing Friday night against the Predators.
Gaudreau left Wednesday's game after taking a hard hit from Charlie McAvoy, Scott Cruickshank of The Athletic reports. Flames head coach Bill Peters told reporters after the game it was the decision of league concussion-spotters to pull Gaudreau from Wednesday night's contest. The star forward scored a goal prior to leaving, but as of now, Gaudreau's status for Friday's home contest versus Nashville (and beyond) remains up in the air.
Gaudreau provided the overtime winning goal Saturday, with the Flames edging out the Avalanche on the road, 3-2. Gaudreau silenced the home crowd with a slick all-alone deke on goalie Semyon Varlamov. Johnny Hockey corralled an outlet pass from Sean Monahan following Monahan's forced turnover in the defensive zone. Gaudreau is up to two goals and six assists through five games this season.
Gaudreau posted three assists -- including a pair on the man advantage -- in Tuesday night's 3-0 home win over the Predators. Johnny Hockey has fashioned one goal and seven points total over his first three games. He's averaging 22:19 of ice time in the early going, but that's bound to regress toward his 18:55 career mark once we get deeper into the season.
Gaudreau posted a goal and two assists with five shots on net in a 7-4 victory over the Canucks on Saturday. Multi-point outings are not a surprise for the 25-year-old, who had 23 such games last season. That propelled Gaudreau to have his first point-per-game season in 2017-18.
Rank Among Leaders
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||77||24||50||74||0||4||1||4||1||2||4.2|