Blackhawks Connor Bedard Suffers Broken Jaw, Out Awhile

In what is awful timing on the injury front, Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard suffered a fractured jaw on Friday night after he took a big hit from New Jersey Devils defenseman Brendan Smith.

Bedard is expected to be out roughly six weeks which takes him out of consideration for playing in the All-Star Game in Toronto the first weekend of February. Bedard left Friday night's game and Nick Foligno made sure to get some revenge on Smith as the two dropped the gloves. The bad news, however got worse as Foligno broke a finger in the fight and is also expected to miss roughly a month.

As for Bedard, he's been everything as advertised in Chicago and leads all rookies in both goals and points, recording 15 goals and 33 points in 39 games so far in his first season. 

It's wild times in Chicago as the team has been absolutely chewed up and spit out by the injury bug. The team now has nine players on IR and currently are the second worse team in the league who keep claiming new players on waivers just to have enough NHL bodies to ice a team. Expect to see GM Kyle Davidson stay busy leading into the trade deadline as anyone who is healthy and not named Bedard, has a chance to be moved ahead of March 8.

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