Hampus Lindholm Injury: Updates on Ducks Defenseman's Neck and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 16:  Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks handles the puck against the Dallas Stars in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
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As the Anaheim Ducks try and take a 3-2 series lead over the Dallas Stars, they'll be without the services of Hampus Lindholm. The team announced before Friday's Game 5 that the defenseman would be out after suffering from a stiff neck:

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported that Luca Sbisa would take Lindholm's place in the lineup:

The Associated Press' Greg Beacham wondered how much the 20-year-old's absence would hurt, given his rather poor performance so far in the series:

Struggles are to be expected with such a young player, though. During the regular season, Lindholm's 24 assists were second-most on the team among defesemen. He's taken little time to become a key part of the team, and many fans will agree that the Ducks are better with him on the ice.

Given the relatively minor nature of the injury, Lindholm shouldn't be off the ice for very long. Expect him to be on the ice for Game 6 on Saturday.