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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
Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Expected to practice Thursday
Pesce (lower body) is slated to be in attendance at Thursday's practice session, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The Hurricanes have a few days off before returning to action against Columbus on Saturday, which may give Pesce the time he needs to full recover from his lower-body issue. The defender is pointless in 12 straight games while averaging 19:29 of ice time.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Drawing close to return
Mrazek (lower body) is on the verge of a return, according to Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. "He's been feeling better," said the coach. "He hasn't been out there with us yet, but from what I hear, everything is getting real close."
Mrazek hasn't played since he allowed four goals on 25 shots from the Coyotes on Nov. 2. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, Scott Darling --- who has won two of the past three games -- has since returned from an injury of his own. Those of you with shares in Mrazek are advised to wait to see how he looks in his eventual return to practice before activating him for any kind of fantasy contest.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho: Dealing with soreness
Aho (undisclosed) is dealing with soreness, according to Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour, who apparently made the winger throw on a non-contact jersey in Wednesday's practice as a result of being sore, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Fans of the Hurricanes and fantasy owners alike can exhale since it doesn't seem like Aho is injured. Since the 21-year-old is one of the league's brightest stars and has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) through 18 games this season, it's understandable that the coach would take all the necessary precautions to ensure Aho stays healthy. Still, we'll leave the day-to-day tag up there until the Hurricanes confirm that the Finn will be fit to play in Saturday's home game against the Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho: Curiously wearing 'don't hit me' shirt
Aho was spotted wearing a non-contact jersey in Wednesday's practice, Mike Maniscalco, pre-game and web host of the Hurricanes, reports.
This comes as a surprise, as Aho potted the overtime winner and logged two points, three hits and five shots on goal for a busy outing against the Blackhawks on Tuesday, but Maniscalco writes that a more detailed update should surface after Carolina's practice.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Valentin Zykov: Sent to minors for conditioning
Zykov was loaned to AHL Charlotte for conditioning Tuesday.
Every so often, an underperforming NHL player who is otherwise healthy will head to the minors for conditioning. This is the case for Zykov, who watched the past three games from the press box and is only averaging 9:45 of ice time through 13 total contests. The Hurricanes understandably have set a high standard of accountability for the 2013 second-round (37th overall) draft pick.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Andrei Svechnikov: Two helpers Monday
Svechnikov dished out two assists in Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Blackhawks.
Svechnikov fed Michael Ferland in the slot to tie the game at two lat in the second period. He then noted a secondary assist on Sebastian Aho's overtime winner to seal the second multi-point game of his career. The rookie first-round pick now has four goals and four assists in 18 games, and he's fired 48 shots on net as well.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho: Overtime hero
Aho recorded a goal, an assist, five shots on net and three hits in Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Blackhawks.
Down 2-0 late in the second period, Aho won a faceoff back to Teuvo Teravainen who cut the deficit in half. Michael Ferland later tied the game and sent it to overtime, where Aho beat Cam Ward five hole for the game-winner. Aho now has five goals and 22 points in 18 games.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Excels against Chicago
Darling steered away 33 of 35 shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime win against the Blackhawks.
After Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat lifted the Hawks to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, Darling was perfect and allowed the Hurricanes to get back in the game before Sebastian Aho sealed the deal in overtime. Darling has faced at least 32 shots in four of his five starts, and he now has a 2-2-1 record coupled with a .913 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Petr Mrazek: Not in lineup Monday
Mrazek (lower body) won't play against the Blackhawks on Monday.
That makes five games in a row missed for Mrazek. However, it's hard to know how much the Hurricanes will really "miss" the 26-year-old, as he has an .880 save percentage. Carolina doesn't play again until Saturday, so there will be plenty of time for the netminder to get healthy before his next chance to take the ice, or at least ride the bench.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Gets starting nod Monday
Darling will be between the pipes at home against the Blackhawks on Monday, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.
Darling has allowed three goals in each of his four outings this season, giving him a 1-2-1 record and .905 save percentage. The netminder has been rather pedestrian since returning from a lower-body injury. Perhaps a visit from former teammate Cam Ward will incite the 29-year-old into a better performance Monday.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Brett Pesce: Ruled out with lower-body injury
Pesce will not be in action against Chicago on Monday due to a lower-body issue, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Pesce was involved in a knee-on-knee collision in Saturday's matchup with Detroit, which would seem the most likely cause of his lower-body problem. The team did not provide a specific timeline for when the blueliner might be ready to return, but considering he is pointless in his previous 12 outings, his absence is unlikely to impact the majority of fantasy owners. In the New York native's stead, Trevor van Riemsdyk figures to slot into the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Scott Darling: Unravels late against Wings
Darling permitted three goals on 32 shots from the Red Wings on Saturday, not including the shootout winner to Frans Nielsen in the 4-3 home loss.
Darling was in cruise control for most of the game, but Anthony Mantha put the puck behind him twice in the third period to force overtime, and Carolina's top netminder was done in by Frans Nielsen -- the NHL's all-time shootout leader -- in the skills competition. By no means was this a poor performance from Darling; check out the highlight reel for his amazing save on Mantha in overtime, but counterpart Jonathan Bernier made 49 saves at the other end and simply outdueled him in Raleigh.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen: Two points in loss to Wings
Teravainen recorded a goal and a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings.
Teravainen's recent four-game mini-slump now appears to be a thing of the past, as he recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season, giving him 13 points in 17 games. If he keeps up his current pace, he will easily blow past the career-high 41 points he posted last season. The Hurricanes are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL (2.53 goals per game, 26th in the league), but Teravainen is definitely worth owning for fantasy purposes, despite the team's overall offensive struggles. Don't overlook him when filling out your lineups on any given night.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Brock McGinn: Finds twine Saturday
McGinn scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings at home.
McGinn seems to enjoy facing Atlantic Division opponents, as he's accumulated 11 goals over 50 games against those teams. Ginner's on pace for just 20 points this season -- which would be 10 fewer than he had in 2017-18 -- but versatility is the name of the game for the 6-foot, 185-pound forward, and we can see him making the necessary adjustments in order to get where he needs to be from a production standpoint.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland: March toward career season continues
Ferland snapped a four-game point drought with a power-play goal in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings.
Despite the recent mini-slump, Ferland has been an excellent addition for the offense-starved Hurricanes this season. Now with 12 points through 17 games, he has a good shot at the 60-point plateau if he maintains his current pace. If he gets there, it would represent yet another great step forward for the 26-year-old after recording a career-high 41 points last season with the Flames. He's proving himself to be very fantasy-worthy in most formats -- go check your league's waiver wire to see if he's available.... See More ... See Less
Hurricanes' Haydn Fleury: Notches first point of season
Fleury, skating in just his third game of the season, notched an assist in 14:30 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings.
Fleury, who skated in 67 games last season and finished with just eight points, has frequently been a healthy scratch this season as the Hurricanes' offseason acquisitions of Dougie Hamilton and Calvin de Haan have made it tougher for the 22-year-old defender to work his way into the lineup. While it was nice to see the 22-year-old blueliner finally crack the scoresheet, the Canes will have to start utilizing him more regularly before we can start recommending him for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less