Panthers avert disaster as Aleksander Barkov week-to-week, won’t need surgery

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Nov 16, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) is helped off the ice by left wing Anthony Duclair (10) and a team trainer after an apparent injury during the second period against the New York Islanders at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov is week-to-week but will not require surgery for a lower-body injury sustained in Tuesday night’s 6-1 win against the New York Islanders.

Interim head coach Andrew Brunette updated the 26-year-old center’s condition following a knee-to-knee hit from Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield.

Mayfield will not receive further discipline.

Barkov injured versus Islanders

“Could’ve been worse. We’ll deal with it as we go,” Brunette said Wednesday. “No surgery. We’ll evaluate it as we go. Like I said, week-to-week.”

Barkov, who had an assist in the first period of Tuesday’s game, was helped off the ice at the 1:47 mark of the second following the collision with Mayfield, who drew a five-minute kneeing major and a 10-minute game misconduct penalty.

Brunette said he didn’t think Mayfield’s hit was dirty, only “reckless,” per Florida Hockey Now.

Barkov has recorded team-high totals in goals (nine) and points (17) in 15 games this season. He has 482 points (190 goals, 292 assists) in 544 games with the team since his 2013 debut.

Florida continues a four-game homestand Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.

–Field Level Media