According to coach Geoff Ward, Hanifin is currently going through the NHL's concussion protocol, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Hanifin has yet to be ruled out of Thursday's matchup with the Islanders, but at this point he should be considered questionable at best for that contest. Check back for confirmation on his status prior to puck drop.
Hanifin left Monday's contest against Vegas with an upper-body injury and will not return. Hanifin was on the ice for just two minutes before suffering the upper-body injury early in the first period. An update on his status should be available before Thursday's game against the Islanders.
Hanifin produced an assist, three shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Bruins. Hanifin has five assists over the last four games, a strong uptick in his point production. He's up to 22 points, 126 shots, 85 blocked shots and 79 hits in 64 contests this year. It's unlikely the Boston native will sustain this surge for the rest of the campaign, making a return to the 30-point threshold improbable.
Hanifin had two assists and one shot on goal in a 4-2 win over Detroit on Sunday. Hanifin set up Johnny Gaudreau to open the scoring in the first period, and then did the same of Andrew Mangiapane late in the second. The latter goal put the Flames up 3-2 and served as the game-winner. Hanifin is on a three-game point streak (four assists) but has gone 13 games without a goal.
Hanifin recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Bruins. Hanifin has helpers in consecutive games and five assists in his last seven. The 23-year-old defenseman is up to 19 points, 122 shots, 85 blocked shots and 77 hits through 62 games this year. He's serving in a top-pairing role with the Flames missing Mark Giordano (hamstring) and Travis Hamonic (upper body) -- that should give Hanifin a little added value until the defense corps returns to full health.
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