After recently getting back forwards Jordan DePape and Dalibor Bortnak from injuries, the Blazers suffered a significant setback on the backend losing two defensemen long-term. Austin Madaisky suffered a hairline C-7 fracture in the neck on Friday versus the Chilliwack Bruins. The 6’2” 5th round NHL pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets will go home for the rest of the season to recover from the injury. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in late August 2011.
Brandon Underwood suffered a torn MCL in his knee in the same game on Friday night. He will miss the next 4-6 weeks, as the Blazers hope to return the California native before the playoffs come in mid-March.
The Blazers continue to be without Chase Schaber who could possibly return some time this week. Goaltender Cam Lanigan is expected to be back on the bench this week after suffering a concussion in practice last Monday.
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