It was a close call in Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles. Oilers winger Matt Hendricks took a stick right above his eye, cutting him. He got cleaned and stitched up, but it was a frightening several minutes.
“Scary incident last night off a faceoff in the third. A stick got me pretty good. It was a scary moment for me for a while there,” said Hendricks.
The winger had previously not worn a visor, but that will change moving forward.
“I don’t know if I’ll take it off after that,” he said.
Sometimes it takes a scary moment to break traditions.
“The game is a very traditional game,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “We’re very apprehensive for change. You can see that with the rules and the size of the rink and all that type of stuff. Players have those apprehensions too. You don’t want to change. You come into the league a certain way. You look at (Craig MacTavish) or Doug Wilson. I think they were the last two to not wear helmets. I think both of them were crazy. But now, as time goes on and everybody who enters the league wears a shield, the ones who aren’t you wonder why they aren’t. It’s personal preference. They’re allowed to make that choice. Matty got a scare and he’s going to put it on. Good for him.”