Tamp Bay Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson is day-to-day with an unspecified injury after crashing into the end boards during a Thursday practice drill at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
"Not a good sight," coach Guy Boucher said.
Mikkelson was taken to Tampa General Hospital for tests after he slid hard into the end boards, appearing to hit the back of his head. He stayed down for several minutes while being helped by head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan and assistant trainer Mike Poirier.
Mikkelson, 25, scratched in five of six games, skated slowly off the ice under his own power.
“He was lucid. He was talking,” Boucher said, and added. “There was no hit or anything. Maybe he hit a crack in the ice. He went plunging. Not a good sight.”