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Hurricanes' Victor Rask: Struggling in checking-line role
Rask scored a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs, giving him just two points in nine games since returning from a hand injury in late November.
Rask was previously being used mostly in a top-six role during the past four seasons with the Hurricanes. This year, however, he's been centering the team's third line most nights since his return from a hand injury. Even with Jordan Staal currently out with a concussion, Rask has averaged just 11 minutes in ice time over the past two games, skating on a line with Brock McGinn and Janne Kuokkanen. From a fantasy perspective, it's hard to make a case for owning him right now, even in the deepest of formats.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton: Scoring woes continue
Hamilton went minus-4 with just a single shot on goal and no points in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Ouch -- not a good stat line for the 25-year-old blueliner, who now has just 10 points through 29 games in his first season in Raleigh. Hamilton recorded at least 40 points in each of his past four campaigns, but he'll be lucky to hit 30 this year given his current pace. Given that the Canes remain one of the weakest teams offensively in the NHL, Hamilton's results should not come as too much of a surprise to anyone.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Justin Williams: Adds to goal count in loss to Leafs
Williams notched a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
It's hard to get too excited about Williams and the Canes this season. They didn't do much to upgrade their offense during the summer, and right now it shows, with the team relying a bit too heavily on bottom-six players like Lucas Wallmark and Jordan Martinook playing top-six roles. Lately, with Jordan Staal currently on the IR with a concussion, Williams has been skating with Wallmark and rookie Andrei Svechnikov on the team's second line. The good news is, five of Williams' six goals this season have come in the past 10 games. However, don't expect that to last given how thin the Canes are up front right now.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen: Struggling in December
Teravainen was held pointless in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs, marking the sixth time in the past seven games he has been held off the scoresheet.
Expectations were high for Teravainen coming into this season following his career-high 64-point campaign last year. However, given that the Canes are still not one of the league's powerhouse teams (their 2.45 goals per game rank them 29th out of 31 teams), as good as Teravainen is, he just doesn't have the supporting cast to maintain those career numbers. He's currently on pace to crack the 50-point mark, but even that will be a challenge if he doesn't get back on track soon.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: Practices Wednesday
Ferland practiced Wednesday after exiting Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Ferland had missed Carolina's previous four games due to a concussion before receiving clearance for Tuesday's contest, but he evidently "didn't feel great" early on against Toronto, which resulted in him exiting the contest prematurely. The Hurricanes are going to wait until Ferland feels like "he's ready to go" before slotting him back into the lineup, which means he may not be available for Thursday's game against the Canadiens. Another update on the 26-year-old winger's status should surface prior to puck drop against Montreal.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: Won't travel with team
McElhinney is still day-to-day due to his lower-body injury and won't join the team in Montreal on Thursday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
The Canes took McElhinney off injured reserve, which seemed to be an indication the netminder was good to go, but apparently hasn't fully recovered. Coach Rod Brind'Amour didn't provide a specific timeframe for when the netminder might be ready to go. In the meantime, Petr Mrazek and Scott Darling figure to split the upcoming back-to-back versus the Habs and Caps.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Janne Kuokkanen: Ascends to NHL
Kuokkanen was called up from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday.
Carolina isn't gaining much ground in the Metropolitan Division -- the team is in sixth place within that grouping -- but Kuokkanen could change the dynamic since he's such a promising winger prospect. Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2016 draft, the Finn has compiled 22 goals, 45 assists and a shiny plus-25 rating over 86 contests with the AHL's Checkers. He boasts a strong two-way game, but the question remains if he'll actually hit the ice for the Hurricanes in the near term. Jordan Staal (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, but it was a retroactive move, and he'll be able to return as soon as Thursday evening against the Canadiens. Kuokkanen may need Staal or Micheal Ferland (upper body) to sit out the next game for a shot at his season debut.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Retroactively placed on IR
Staal (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The move is retroactive to Dec. 5.
Staal missed the last two games, but he'll still be eligible to play Thursday night against host Montreal if it's ultimately determined that he's healthy enough to do so. In the meantime, the veteran center shifting to injured reserve has provided roster flexibility in allowing the parent club to summon prospect Janne Kuokkanen from AHL Charlotte.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Doesn't continue winning streak
Mrazek allowed four goals on 29 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old seemed to turn a corner with two terrific starts to open this month, but that came to a crashing halt Tuesday. Mrazek only allowed two goals on the previous 53 shots he faced coming into the night, and still, he has just a .900 save percentage in the last six games. He is 4-5-2 with a .895 save percentage and a 2.56 GAA this season.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: Leaves with upper-body injury
Ferland won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Maple Leafs after suffering an upper-body injury, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Ferland returned Tuesday from a four-game absence due to a concussion, but he was injured on his eighth shift in the first period and was ruled out quickly. It's not a good sign for the 26-year-old, and he'll look to heal before Thursday's game versus the Canadiens. Expect an update after Tuesday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Starting in net Tuesday
Mrazek will guard the home goal Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Mrazek has performed well in his last two outings, surrendering just one goal in each despite just a 1-1-0 record. As a result, he will get his third start in the last four games after missing an extended stretch due to injury. The Maple Leafs have gotten off to a hot start in September, averaging four goals per game in their first four contests, so Mrazek will have his work cut out for him.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: No longer on IR
McElhinney (lower body) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
McElhinney returned to practice Tuesday morning, which was the first indication he was likely nearing a return to action. The Hurricanes have yet to name a starter for Tuesday night's matchup with Toronto, but if McElhinney doesn't get the nod for that contest, he'll almost certainly guard the cage in Thursday's game against the Canadiens.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jordan Staal: Remains sidelined
Staal (concussion) has yet to resume skating, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Staal will need to log at least one full practice before returning to game action, so he can be considered out indefinitely until that occurs. Lucas Wallmark will continue to occupy a top-six role until Staal is cleared to play.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: Ready to rock
Ferland (concussion) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Ferland has missed the Hurricanes' last four games due to a concussion, but he was activated off injured reserve Monday, which was the first indication he would likely be ready to roll Tuesday. The 26-year-old winger will return to a bottom-six role, skating with Clark Bishop and and Brock McGinn on Carolina's third line against the Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: Off injured reserve
Ferland (concussion) was activated from the IR list Monday, Sara Civ of The Athletic reports.
This makes it seem like the 26-year-old will be able to play Tuesday against the Maple Leafs after missing four games. Ferland has 11 goals on the season through 24 contests, and his 15.5 shooting percentage is close enough to the numbers he's put up the last couple of years to feel sustainable.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Saku Maenalanen: Shifts to AHL
The Hurricanes reassigned Maenalanen to AHL Charlotte on Saturday, TSN reports.
Maenalanen made his NHL debut and recorded two hits during 6:49 of ice time. His return to the minors could be a sign that Jordan Staal (concussion) is nearing a return and could play Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Alex Nedeljkovic: Drops to minors
The Hurricanes reassigned Nedeljkovic to AHL Charlotte on Saturday, TSN reports.
With Curtis McElhinney (lower body) on injured reserve, the Hurricanes recalled Scott Darling to serve as Petr Mrazek's backup and sent Nedeljkovic back to minors. Nedeljkovic has been unimpressive with Charlotte this year, recording an .890 save percentage. He'll head back down without making his NHL debut.... See More ... See Less