John Tortorella said Josh Anderson is not concussed and the Blue Jackets coach remains confused as to why the NHL's new head-trauma protocol and medical personnel did not allow the winger to return to Tuesday's game in Detroit.

In fact, he said it "makes zero sense."

Anderson practiced this morning and was expected to play against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. A league spotter had him removed from the game in the second period of the Blue Jackets' 3-2 win over the Red Wings, Tortorella said, after Anderson absorbed a hit to the head from Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith.

The second-year player said he was frustrated the Red Wings' doctor who examined him - the Blue Jackets' team physicians don't travel - would not let him return to the game.

"I told him, 'I think I'm ready to go and play' and he said he didn't think it was a good idea, 'let's just take precaution now,'" Anderson said.

Tortorella was told Tuesday night that Anderson had failed his concussion protocol test, the coach said, but when Blue Jackets' team doctors examined the player on Wednesday morning he did not show traces of a concussion.