Mikkelson said he "dodged a bullet" when he crashed head- and shoulder-first into the end boards during Thursday's practice.
Mikkelson, who is day-to-day, said all tests performed at Tampa General Hospital (an X-ray and a CT scan) were negative. He said he has no headaches and is nothing more than sore and stiff.
Mikkelson said he isn't sure whether he got his skates tangled up with those of Steven Stamkos as they raced after a puck or if he just "blew a tire."
Either way, Mikkelson said he never before hit the boards that hard and believes he was unconscious for a few seconds. When he came to he said he was "gasping for air" as the wind was knocked out of him. Of the collision, he said, "The guys told me it was pretty solid."
An MRI is capable of showing a sprain/strain or even minor tear to a ligament/tendon and inflammation as well. The XRay would only show gross bony deformity and it's good that he's negative- but we're not out of the woods.
Played in a hockey tournament once and blocked a shot that hit me in the tongue of my skate. Most of the people were playing were on Division 1 teams and the man blasted it from the point. It was a deep bone bruise and it hurt like hell. Still was able to play (Actually finished the game.) and play up to my standards. I was about 98 percent, within a couple of weeks I felt no more pain from it. I don't think it should be anything to be worried about.
Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson (right shoulder and general soreness) has been cleared to play after sliding head- and shoulder-first into the end boards during a Thursday practice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
CROMBEEN UPDATE: Right wing B.J. Crombeen, who left Tuesday's game after his first-period fight with the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo, is cleared to play. It was unclear if he would be in the lineup against the Devils.
Ryan Malone was a late scratch from Sunday's game with a lower body injury. Malone actually sustained the ailment while kicking around a soccer ball with his teammates before the game. Consider him day-to-day for now.