San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was alert and responsive at a St. Louis hospital on Wednesday after he was knocked into the boards and left the ice on a stretcher in the first period of Tuesday night's game against the Blues.
He was due to fly back to San Jose for further evaluation and potential treatment, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.
Boyle was hit from behind by St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre with a forearm check and was sent face-first into the left corner boards while trying to retrieve the puck. Boyle remained on the ice for several minutes before he was carted off.
Lapierre is suspended until the league conducts a review of the hit. Reports indicated that he was offered an in-person hearing on Friday, which suggests that the suspension could be six games or longer.
Lapierre was ejected from the game and penalized five minutes for checking from behind. He also received a fighting major.
It's uncertain how long Boyle, the team's top defenseman, will be sidelined.
---The New Jersey Devils placed right winger Ryane Clowe on injured reserve and activated Mattias Tedenby.
The move is retroactive to Oct. 13 for Clowe, who will be eligible to return Oct. 22. He will miss Thursday night's game against the Ottawa Senators and a home game on Saturday against the New York Rangers.
Clowe has a history of head injuries. He had three concussions last season while playing for the San Jose Sharks and the Rangers.
---San Jose Sharks forward Brent Burns will not face a disciplinary hearing from the NHL for Tuesday's hit on Brenden Morrow of the St. Louis Blues.
A NHL spokesman said that the league had already looked into the play and chose not to take any action, according to a report by Pro Hockey Talk.
Burns' hit knocked Morrow out of the game at 16:07 of the first period and received a boarding minor penalty. However, Morrow returned to play more than five minutes in the second period and three minutes in the third.
Morrow's return to action likely prompted the NHL not to take action against Burns.
According to NHL.com, Morrow was given Wednesday off from practice. The Blues play Thursday at Chicago against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
---Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane suffered an unspecified injury during Wednesday morning's practice, according to NHL.com, less than 12 hours after the Jets were shut out by the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night 3-0.
The report said Kane was favoring his right leg and did not return to the ice for the remainder of practice after he went to the locker room for examination and treatment.
Kane reportedly either got tangled up or crashed into fellow forward Anthony Peluso.
Jets coach Claude Noel said after practice that Kane, who is tied for the team scoring lead with three goals, is "day-to-day."
The Jets' next game is Friday, when they host the St. Louis Blues.