Hainsey (illness) will return to action Thursday against the Penguins. Hainsey, who has notched 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 69 games this season, is expected to return to his role skating with Jaccob Slavin on the Hurricanes' top pairing Thursday against Pittsburgh.
Hainsey is under the weather and will miss Tuesday's contest with Washington. Hainsey is an infrequent contributor to the scoresheet and is currently bogged down in a five-game pointless streak. Despite a lack of scoring, the 34-year-old sees plenty of ice time, as he is currently averaging over 22 minutes per game. Fellow defenseman Trevor Carrick has been recalled to fill in for Hainsey on Tuesday.
Hainsey recorded a goal and an assist in Sunday's loss to the Blues. Hainsey carried a long drought into the contest, as he hadn't appeared on the scoresheet since Jan. 24 and hadn't found the back of the net since Dec. 6. The 34-year-old was off to a decent start to the season, but his second half slump limits his value only to the deepest of formats.
Hainsey enters the All-Star break with three assists in his last seven games. He now has 14 points in 51 games this season. Don't look now, but the 34-year-old Hainsey is on pace for a 20+ point campaign, something he hasn't done since 2009-10 when he played for the Atlanta Thrashers. The Canes are mainly counting on Hainsey for veteran leadership and to help mentor their young, up-and-coming defensemen, including Brett Pesce, Noah Hanifin and Jaccob Slavin. But the fact that he's also contributing on the scoresheet is an added bonus. In fantasy terms, he boasts modest value in deeper formats.
Hainsey picked up a goal and an assist in Carolina's 5-4 win over Arizona. Hainsey is off to a strong start in December, recording three points in as many games. Sunday was the defenseman's first multiple point game of the year. Although 34-year-old is second on the team in ice time at 22:21 per game, he does not play on either of Arizona's power-play units.
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