Captain Shane Doan and defenseman Jakob Chychrun collided quite violently during warmups, causing the rookie blueliner to lose his helmet on impact.
Both looked shaken by the hit, which neither saw because they were both looking elsewhere. Doan especially was rattled by the hit, and only emerged to play against the Avalanche midway through the first period.
Arizona hopefully put Doan through concussion protocol before letting the 40-year-old step back onto the ice. Still, it’s a good sign that he’s out there and playing. Could have been much worse.