Of the 63 reported abdominal injuries, 13 were blueliners, and while that may be an unlucky number, the news when it comes to recovery is encouraging.
|Defensemen with disclosed abdominal injuries since 1982-83 season|
|Season before injury||50||958||28|
|Year of injury||51||1094||23|
|Season after injury||62||1322||32|
Using the year before the injury as a baseline, defensemen saw their games played increase by more than 25 percent from their baseline during the season following the disclosure of the injury. In addition, they experienced a 38 percent bump in time on ice and 15 percent more points over the course of the season.
Skaters as a whole saw a 7 percent increase in games played, along with a 20 percent increase in time on ice and nearly a 10 percent increase in points scored.
In other words, statistically, it looks like there could be a full recovery ahead for Mike Green.
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