Head coach Rod Brind'Amour relayed that Mrazek (concussion/neck) has a "long-term" injury, ESPN reports. "Long term to me is a week," Brind'Amour clarified to Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer. Brind'Amour wasn't very transparent in his prognosis, but general manager Don Waddell said that Mrazek has "more of a neck injury" and hasn't dealt with headaches. Considering Brind'Amour sees a week as a long-term injury, it's possible Mrazek could be back this weekend if he clears the league's concussion protocol. The Hurricanes recalled Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljovic -- the latter will start Tuesday against the Stars -- from AHL Charlotte for the time being because James Reimer (lower body) is also out "long term".
Mrazek suffered a concussion during Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Mrazek will sit out of Tuesday's game versus the Stars as he works through the league's concussion protocol, and it's likely James Reimer (lower body) won't be ready either. The Hurricanes recalled both Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljkovic to fill the void, but they may make a move before Monday's trade deadline.
Mrazek left Saturday's game against Toronto with an upper-body injury and will not return. Mrazek replaced James Reimer in goal after Reimer suffered a lower-body injury. With both goalies down, the Hurricanes were left with an emergency goaltender, that being 42-year-old David Ayers. Ayers drives a zamboni for Toronto's minor-league affiliate.
Mrazek turned aside 31 shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers. New York's final goal was scored into an empty net. Mrzaek has had a shaky February so far, going 2-3-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .902 save percentage through five starts, and he'll remain stuck in a timeshare with James Reimer until one of them steps up.
Mrazek will get the look in net Friday when the Hurricanes host the Rangers, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Mrazek is coming off a pair of impressive starts, allowing a combined three goals versus the Devils and Predators en route to his 20th win of the season. The Hurricanes remain within striking distance of a playoff berth, though Mrazek faces a tough test Friday versus a New York club averaging 3.14 goals per game on the road.
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