Trevor Daley didn’t watch the replay of his injury, didn’t want to watch the replay.
“I just know it hurt,” Daley said with a bit of a laugh.
Daley can smile about it now, but he admits he was scared when he suffered a neck injury on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets. Daley is out tonight, when the Blackhawks play the Nashville Predators, but coach Joel Quenneville said the defenseman could play on Friday vs. the Jets.
For Daley, that first moment after taking Chris Thornburn’s knee to his head/neck, was a frightening one.
“It wasn’t a good thought. I was pretty scared,” said Daley, who did not go off on the stretcher that was brought out for him on Sunday. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared before.”
Daley had a neck injury that required surgery in 2013 when he was with the Dallas Stars. This time, however, the results came back good and Daley was back on the ice in a matter of days.
“Once I got cleared and the results came back and they were fine, obviously it was a big relief for me,” Daley said. “Now it’s just the pain and stiffness going away.”
Coach Joel Quenneville said it was a relief to have Daley back with them so soon.
“Every case is different. You never know,” Quenneville said. “You always hope for the best immediately. Sometimes it’s longer term but you get a pretty good idea right at the moment. This one … we were fortunate the way things all played out.”
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Scott Darling will get the start Wednesday night against the Predators, with Corey Crawford expected to start vs. the Jets on Friday night. Quenneville said the Blackhawks planned this scenario earlier this week but almost altered it based on Crawford’s 36-stop performance against Nashville on Tuesday.
“I know after the last game we kind of, ‘OK, do we change it?’ We had a similar situation where we changed it earlier in the year,” said Quenneville on that previous back-to-back, which the Blackhawks lost. “We’ll stay with the original plan.”