Jack Hillen D CAR 4 months ago

Hillen has yet to resume skating with the team since sustaining a concussion nearly three weeks ago, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Carolinas reports.

With Hillen slow to recover from the head injury and only 10 games remaining on the Hurricanes' schedule, it's worth wondering if the team might shut him down for the rest of the season. He's set to become a free agent this summer, so there doesn't seem to be much of an incentive for the Hurricanes to get him back on the ice.

Jack Hillen D CAR 4 months ago

Hillen (concussion) has reported improvement with his condition and was on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate.

Hillen is still without a timetable for a return and hasn't been cleared to take part in full-contact practices, but his presence on the ice Tuesday demonstrates progress. The blueliner appeared in just three games with the Hurricanes before the concussion set in.

Jack Hillen D CAR 5 months ago

Hillen is dealing with a concussion and will need to go through the protocol before returning to the ice.

The news likely rules Hillen out for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, and given the uncertain nature of concussions, it could be longer than that. His status should be updated as he nears a return to the ice.

Jack Hillen D CAR 5 months ago

Hillen is nursing an upper-body injury and isn't expected to play Sunday against the Oilers.

Hillen likely sustained the injury in Friday's loss to the Wild, during which he saw 21:02 in ice time. Ryan Murphy (leg), who was activated from injured reserve Friday, is expected to rejoin the Hurricanes' lineup in place of Hillen.

Jack Hillen D CAR 5 months ago

Hillen was traded to the Hurricanes on Saturday along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason.

Gleason was bound for free agency after the season, so the deal is mostly about accumulating the extra draft pick for the rebuilding Hurricanes. That being said, Hillen should still receive a look on the team's second or third pairing over the final month and a half, though expectations should remain low. On a much more offensively skilled team in the Capitals, Hillen had managed to accumulate five points in 35 games.

Jack Hillen D CAR 5 months ago

Hillen was a healthy scratch for the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports.Given that Sunday's contest was the second of back-to-back games and the Caps are trying to explore their organizational depth ahead of the March 2nd trade deadline, it made sense for them to give Hillen the day off. While he remains a valuable member of the Capitals, particularly with Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt on the injured list, his lack of opportunity on a deep Capitals defense keeps him from being fantasy relevant outside of very deep leagues, as he has just five assists in 34 games this season.

Jack Hillen D CAR 7 months ago

Hillen has recorded an assist in three consecutive games.

It's a remarkable achievement considering that Hillen hasn't been on the ice for more than 14 minutes in any of those contests and hasn't logged a single second on the Capitals' power-play unit. The production probably will allow Hillen to remain a regular for Washington on the third pairing over Nate Schmidt in the near-term, but nothing about his career production suggests this offensive spurt can be maintained.

Jack Hillen D CAR 8 months ago

Hillen is set to play Wednesday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

After appearing in the lineup in the Caps' season opener, Hillen has been a healthy scratch for 19 consecutive games. Hillen will slot in next to Nate Schmidt on the third pairing in the match against his former team, but his stay in the lineup will likely end once Mike Green (upper body) returns from his injury, which is believed to be a day-to-day concern at this juncture.

Jack Hillen D CAR 1 year ago

Jack Hillen (head) will be a "game-time decision" on Tuesday, according to Capitals coach Adam Oates.

Hillen has missed two straight games. He has an assist in 13 contests this season.

Jack Hillen D CAR 1 year ago

Washington defenseman Jack Hillen will sit out this afternoon's game against Boston with an upper body injury suffered when he collided with teammate Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday night.

Hillen will be replaced in the lineup by John Erskine, who has not played since March 5. "It helps being a bigger guy," Oates said of Erskine's physical presence against the Bruins. "But you've got to move the puck, you've got to skate. We're at the day and age you've got to be able to do everything. You can't hide players. When John is feeling good with his leg I think he's one of our good defensemen."