Vatanen (undisclosed) had two shots and three blocks with one hit Thursday in a 3-2 Game 2 win over the Bruins. After missing the opening game of the series, Vatanen returned to the lineup and logged just over 19 minutes of playing time. The veteran defensemen enjoyed a nice series during the qualifying round against the Rangers, chipping in with three assists, six PIM and five shots on goal over three games.
Vatanen (undisclosed) will suit up in Thursday's Game 2 against the Bruins, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Vatanen was forced to miss the opening game of the series with the undisclosed issue, but as evidenced by this news, he'll be a big boost to the lineup. In the first three games of the play-in series against the Rangers, the Finn racked up three assists and averaged 19:14 of ice time. Vatanen will enter the lineup on a pairing with Brady Skjei, as Jake Gardiner and Joel Edmundson will make their way out of the lineup.
Vatanen (undisclosed) will be a game-time call for Game 2 against the Bruins on Thursday. Vatanen's absence would certainly hurt the Hurricanes' blue-line production considering he notched three helpers, five shots and four blocks in three games versus the Rangers. If the blueliner is given the all-clear, he should slot back into a power-play role and would likely bounce Jake Gardiner or Haydn Fleury from the lineup.
Vatanen (undisclosed) won't play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. The Hurricanes haven't disclosed any details regarding Vatanen's injury, but he won't have to wait long for his next chance to suit up, as Carolina will be right back at it Thursday for Game 2 against Boston. For now, Haydn Fleury or Trevor van Riemsdyk will likely get the first crack at replacing Vatanen in the lineup.
Vatanen picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 4-1 win over the Rangers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. He helped set up the first two goals of Andrei Svechnikov's hat trick, including the game-winner with the man advantage in the second period. Vatanen now has three helpers through the first two games of the series, and with Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed) out of action, he should remain a key figure on the Carolina blue line.
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