Seth Jones took a puck to the face when the Nashville Predators took on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. An Andrei Markov slap shot deflected off of another player and caught the outstanding rookie flush in the face. He was back out on the ice and practicing on Sunday though, and appears to be fine.
Seth Jones has a cut above his left eye, but seems ok, said the visor got part of the puck
— JoshuaCooper (@JoshuaCooper) December 22, 2013
This is great news for Nashville, as the team has gone through several long stretches without some of their best players. A similar scenario kept Shea Weber out of action earlier this season, and Pekka Rinne has not played since the end of October. Jones dodged the proverbial bullet though, and it’s quite possible that his league-mandated visor prevented a more serious injury.
It appeared that Jones sustained a bad injury on the play, as he stayed on the ice for a few moments and needed help from teammates to get to the bench. He should be good to go when the Predators take on the Boston Bruins tomorrow though.
Jones has seen his ice time scaled back over the last few weeks, but he’s still be a strong and important player for the Predators. He shows great poise and should develop into a stud on Nashville’s blue line for years to come.