Bedard’s fractured jaw robs fans of Battle of the Connors

A rematch between two talented Connors in the NHL, Connor Bedard and Connor McDavid, has been put on hold as Bedard hits the injured reserve list with a broken jaw. The Chicago Blackhawks center suffered the injury after taking a hit from Brendan Smith during the team’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Bedard, who is considered the NHL’s top rookie, has been impressive this season, leading all rookies in points (33), goals (15), and assists (18). He has even been selected as the youngest player to participate in the All-Star Game. However, his stellar campaign has been paused due to this unfortunate injury.

There is currently no timetable for Bedard’s return, but recovery from a jaw fracture typically takes about 4-8 weeks. This means that Bedard will likely miss several games before he can return to the ice.

The Blackhawks’ next game is against the Edmonton Oilers, led by the reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Connor McDavid. This matchup would have been an exciting showcase between two talented players named Connor, but fans will have to wait until Bedard recovers to witness it.

Opinions on the hit that caused Bedard’s injury vary. Chicago’s head coach, Luke Richardson, believes that there was no intent to hit and that Smith was simply playing hard on the blue line. Devils coach Lindy Ruff also views it as a solid hit without intent. However, Bedard’s teammate Bris Katchouk disagrees, describing the hit as dirty.

In addition to Bedard, the Blackhawks have several other players on the injured reserve list, including Nick Foligno, who suffered a fractured finger in his left hand while fighting Smith after the hit. The team now has a total of nine players on the IR, including notable names like Taylor Hall and Andreas Athanasiou.

As Bedard focuses on his recovery, fans eagerly await his return to the ice to continue his impressive rookie season. The matchup against McDavid and the Oilers will have to wait, but when Bedard is back in action, hockey enthusiasts can expect an exciting showdown between two of the game’s brightest stars.

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