Nestrasil scored with the net empty and also had an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Edmonton. Nestrasil played assertively as his four shots on net represented a season-high. Unfortunately, he's only averaging 11:49 TOI this season and that severely limits his chances to do much with the puck in a given contest. He only has three points in 15 games and that is counting Wednesday's random offensive surge.
Nestrasil collected his first goal (and point) of the year Thursday in an overtime loss to Minnesota. At the time, the Czech's opportunistic rebound goal gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead -- at least after the call of goalie interference was reviewed and successfully overturned. Unfortunately, the tally didn't lead to more chances, as he skated eight minutes on the dot and continues to see fourth-line minutes on the rare occasions that he does get into the lineup.
Nestrasil (knee) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Michelle McMahon of NHL.com reports. Nestrasil missed each of the last two contests because of the knee issue, but fortunately that absence will come to an end Thursday. He's expected to center the Hurricanes' third line alongside Jeff Skinner and Kris Versteeg in his return to the lineup.
Nestrasil (knee) will be scratched from Tuesday night's game against the Red Wings, his former team, Dana Wakiji of the Detroit News reports. Nestrasil apparently is still hampered by a left knee injury that he sustained last Friday against the Kings. Without a doubt, the Hurricanes could have used another offensive spark plug in the lineup like Nestrasil, considering they have collected just 14 team goals through eight games. Remember, the Red Wings waived Nestrasil in November of 2014, so this probably was a game that the 24-year-old had circled on his calendar. Now, his next chance to return will be Friday for a home contest against the Senators.
Nestrail sustained an injury to his left knee Friday night, as he was on the receiving end of a hard slapshot by Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff early in the second period, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Nestrasil had to be helped off the ice in the eventual win. While the severity of the injury has yet to be announced, there is reason to believe more details should be provided within the next couple of days, but consider him day-to-day until more is revealed. Nestrasil has really struggled this season, having gone without a point in seven games along with a minus-3 rating.
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