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Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Can't finish practice Tuesday
Pesce (lower body) was forced to leave Tuesday's practice session early due to his lingering injury, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Considering he was unable to be a full participant at practice, Pesce almost certainly won't be in action versus the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Coach Rod Brind'Amour didn't provide a specific timeline on the blueliner's progress, so fantasy owners will need to take a wait-and-see approach. The New York native was stuck in a 12-game pointless streak prior to getting hurt and figures to miss his fourth straight outing.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Victor Rask: Could return soon
Rask (hand) looks "ready to go" according to coach Rod Brind'Amour, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Rask is expected to ease his way back into action, but getting him back in the lineup should boost the scoring depth for a Hurricanes squad that is averaging a mere 2.50 goals (fifth fewest in the league). The Swede hasn't played since March of 2017, yet appears set to avoid a conditioning assignment in the minors. In order to suit up, the center will need to be taken off the non-roster, injured reserve list.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: Scores 10th goal in win
Ferland scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Devils on Sunday.
It was Ferland's second game-deciding goal of 2018-19. Meanwhile, it gave the Hurricanes the win and moved them above .500 on the season, to 9-8-3. Ferland, meanwhile, has notched three goals in his last four games.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: Gets back on track with win
McElhinney stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 win over New Jersey on Sunday.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for McElhinney. Meanwhile, prior to Sunday, the veteran netminder had allowed three goals or more in four consecutive starts but a strong performance against the Devils moved his record to 4-2-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .903 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Missing third straight game
Pesce (lower body) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's contest against New Jersey.
Pesce has just two goals and three points in 17 games, but his presence will be missed again in the defensive zone where he has 37 blocked shots. The 24-year-old New York native will get his next shot to suit up on Wednesday against Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney: Protecting net against Devils
McElhinney is in goal against New Jersey on Sunday.
McElhinney has appeared in just two games since Oct. 20, allowing three goals and taking the loss in each of those contests. He's registered a respectable 2.81 GAA but a lackluster .884 save percentage. Scott Darling hasn't been great at the No. 1 goaltender and it's probably best to avoid all Carolina goalies for fantasy purposes at this point.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Phil Di Giuseppe: Seeing minutes as injury sub
Di Giuseppe skated in his fourth consecutive game Saturday against the Blue Jackets following a nine-game stint where he sat as a healthy scratch.
With Valentin Zykov currently undergoing a conditioning stint in the minors for an undisclosed injury, Di Giuseppe will likely continue to see regular minutes for the foreseeable future. However, he's still very much a depth option for the Hurricanes at this point, and will likely return to healthy-scratch status upon Zykov's return. Di Giuseppe currently has just two points in six games played, and should not be a part of any fantasy lineups outside of ultra-deep leagues.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Warren Foegele: Ugly scoring drought continues
Foegele extended his current pointless streak to 12 games in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets, registering just a single shot on goal in 13;31 of ice time.
Foegele got off to a terrific start this season with four points in his first four games, earning himself a top-six role alongside Jordan Staal and Justin Williams. However, he's only recorded one assist in 15 games since then, which has since gotten him demoted to the fourth line. He's not worth any fantasy attention right now.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Jordan Martinook: Throwing hits aplenty
Martinook failed to crack the scoresheet for the third straight game Saturday against the Blue Jackets, but delivered six hits and a blocked shot in 14:24 of ice time.
Skating on the third line with rookies Lucas Wallmark and Andrei Svechnikov, Martinook's primary role is not to deliver offense, but rather to throw his body around and generally make life difficult for opposing teams' top players. Although his six points in 19 games are a bonus, Martinook's real value lies in the 56 hits he has delivered to date -- good for second on the team and 12th overall in the NHL. If you are in a deep league that counts secondary stat categories like hits, Martinook may be of some use to you.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Justin Faulk: No longer a 40-point scorer
Faulk has just three assists in his last 10 games, and just eight points on the season thus far (one goal, seven assists).
Faulk scored a career-high 49 points back in 2014-15 and, at the time, looked to be establishing himself as an elite scoring defenseman for years to come. Unfortunately, it's been all downhill for Faulk since then, as his point totals have consistently landed in the mid-30's ever since that record season four years ago. Now skating on the Canes' second defensive pairing with Calvin de Haan, he is currently on pace for yet another 30-plus campaign, giving him only modest fantasy value in most formats.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Jackets are his kryptonite
Darling made 20 saves in a 4-1 loss to Columbus on Saturday.
The Jackets' top line of Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson were like kryptonite to Darling -- they accounted for nine points total, including three goals. He has done nothing to prove he has the ability to be a starting netminder in the NHL. Darling has allowed three or more goals in five of his six starts this season. Activate him at your own peril.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Trevor van Riemsdyk: Rare point in loss to Jackets
Van Riemsdyk recorded his fourth point of the season with an assist in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Unfortunately, with the arrival of Calvin de Haan this year, van Riemsdyk has seen his average ice time drop from 17:03 to 15:39. Furthermore, the 27-year-old blueliner was a regular in the Canes' lineup last year, playing in 79 of 82 games, but he's already been a healthy scratch three times this season, and it's not even December yet. While it's nice to see him get the occasional point, TVR's fantasy value remains confined to ultra-deep leagues due to his relative lack of scoring and diminished playing time.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho: Looking to extend point streak
Aho (undisclosed) will look to extend his point streak to four games Saturday against Columbus, NHL.com's Kurt Dusterberg reports.
Aho wore a non-contact jersey during Wednesday's practice due to general soreness, but he was never in danger of missing Saturday's contest. The 21-year-old winger has been exceptional this season, racking up five goals and 22 points in 18 appearances. He'll slide into his usual role skating on the Hurricanes' top line and top power-play unit against the Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: In goal Saturday
Darling will start in goal Saturday evening against the visiting Blue Jackets.
Darling is looking to nail down his third win in four games, as he gets set to take on a Columbus team that's averaging 3.11 goals per game (tied with Tampa Bay and Washington for sixth in the NHL). Overall, Darling's performed admirably since returning from a lower-body injury Oct. 30, but there might be plenty of fantasy owners still avoiding the American backstop like the plague after he went 13-21-7 with a 3.18 GAA and .888 save percentage with the Hurricanes last season.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Victor Rask: Continues to progress
Rask (hand) is "getting close to being hopefully cleared to work with us pretty soon," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Wednesday, as relayed from Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site.
It's not abundantly clear what "work with us" constitutes, but either way, it's safe to deduce that Rask is making solid progress in his recovery from a right hand injury. A report from Saturday indicated that he's been performing skating, stickhandling and shooting drills, and the pivot's likely ramped up his activity since then. Lucas Wallmark and Clark Bishop have been holding down the center spot in the bottom six with Rask out of commission.... See More ... See Less