Victor Rask - #49 - Center - 6'2" - 194lbs
News: Rask is still looking for his first point of the season, currently centering the Canes' top line in between Jiri Trusty and Alexander Semin.
Impact: After an impressive training camp and preseason, Rask has struggled out of the gate, with only a minus-5 rating, 12 shots on goal and two PIM through seven games. However, he is probably playing a little high up in the batting order than he should be, given the injuries to the team's top two centers, Eric and Jordan Staal. Overall, fantasy owners should not expect too much of an impact this season, given his own struggles as well as the current state of the team.
News: Skinner tallied his first point of the season on a second-period goal Friday against the Oilers.
Impact: Sidelined for four games earlier in the season with a concussion, Skinner had struggled to a minus-4 rating over his first two games back before righting the ship Friday. The collective stink of the Hurricanes, the league's only winless team, could ravage his plus/minus rating, but Skinner should be on track for another 50-point campaign if health permits.
News: Harrison provided a goal and an assist in Friday's loss to the Oilers.
Impact: After being held out of the lineup as a healthy scratch in the Hurricanes' previous game, Harrison rebounded with his most productive showing of the season. In addition to the pair of points, he also contributed three blocked shots, two hits and two penalty minutes over his 20:08 of action. His third-period goal tied the game with 12 minutes remaining, but the winless Hurricanes were unable to prevail.
News: Khudobin surrendered five goals on 28 shots faced in Friday's 6-3 loss to Edmonton.
Impact: Just when Khudobin seemed poised to supplant Cam Ward as the Hurricanes' No. 1 goalie once and for all, he turned in a stinker of a performance to cast further doubt on the team's netminding situation. After a respectable first two periods, Khudobin fell apart in the final 20 minutes, turning a 2-2 game into a laugher. The loss dropped Khudobin to 0-3-1 on the season and gave the winless Hurricanes more questions than answers.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Khudobin will be in the crease Friday against the Oilers.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters will unsurprisingly turn the net over to Khudobin on the heels of another implosion by Cam Ward, who yielded five goals to Calgary on Thursday. After supplying a pair of ugly starts to begin the season, Khudobin has performed better his last two times out, though he has yet to secure his first victory. A match against a similarly struggling Edmonton squad will offer a good opportunity for Khudobin to finally get a tally in the win column.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harrison was a healthy scratch for Thursday's loss to the Flames, sitting in favor of John-Michael Liles, who was returning to the lineup following a bout of upper-body soreness.
Impact: This is not a surprising move, as Liles gives the struggling Canes a bit of an offensive boost from the back end. With Liles' return, the team now has a full contingent of eight healthy defensemen, making it difficult to predict when Harrison will be inserted back into the lineup. For fantasy purposes, go with another viable alternative if you have one.
News: Ward, making his first start since Oct. 14, allowed five goals on 24 shots in Thursday's loss to the Flames.
Impact: Another poor effort from Ward, who's now given up five goals twice in his three outings this year and hasn't posted a save percentage higher than .885 in an outing. It looks like the decline that he's been going through over the last few seasons is here to stay.
News: Liles (upper-body soreness) is slated for a return to action Thursday against the Flames.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters acknowledged after the Hurricanes' morning session that Brett Bellemore and Jay Harrison would be scratched on defense Thursday night, paving the way for Liles' return to the lineup. Liles has one point and four shot attempts through three games, during which he's averaged 18:40 of ice time.
News: Ward will be back in the net Thursday against the Flames.
Impact: After Anton Khudobin played respectably in the Hurricanes' last two games against the Rangers and Jets, Ward may need a strong showing of his own Thursday to ensure that a timeshare remains in place. Ward, who hasn't played since Oct. 14, was terrible in his first two turns of the season, posting a horrendous .846 save percentage in losses to the Islanders and Sabres.
News: Gerbe skated Thursday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: This is the first time Gerbe has skated at all since suffering the injury the previous Thursday. He is still considered day-to-day, however it appears doubtful that Gerbe will be able to play in either of the Canes' upcoming games Thursday or Friday.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Khudobin allowed all three goals in Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Winnipeg.
Impact: Khudobin dropped to 0-2-1 with a 2.64 GAA. He'll carry a save percentage of 91.2 into his next start.
News: Sutter was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday.
Impact: Sutter made his NHL debut last Thursday against the Rangers, skating close to six minutes and finishing with a minus-1 rating. The 23-year-old had 28 points (8G, 20A) in 69 games with Charlotte last season, but he'll likely see only limited time in a bench role before ultimately heading back down whenever Eric Staal (upper body) is ready.
News: Staal (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, retroactive to Oct. 11.
Impact: The upper-body ailment has already sidelined Staal for well over a week, so he'll be eligible to come off IR at any time, but the expectation is that he'll miss at least a couple more games. Brody Sutter was recalled to provide depth until Staal returns.
Justin Faulk - #27 - Defense - 6'0" - 215lbs
News: Faulk has just a single assist through five games this season after being held pointless during Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Faulk recorded a career-high 32 points last season, including 17 assists. However, given the Hurricanes' current injury-riddled state, it seems unlikely he will put up similar numbers again this year. Much of the team's best forwards either are, or have been, injured this year, including Eric Staal (upper body), Jordan Staal (broken leg), Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Nathan Gerbe (lower body). To his credit, Faulk is seeing his usual amount of ice time (over 23 minutes per game) and recording similar shot totals, however there is simply no one for him to pass the puck to right now. Feel free to stash him on your fantasy bench until his fortunes turn around.
Brad Malone - #24 - Center - 6'2" - 207lbs
News: Malone was held off the scoresheet for the fifth straight game Tuesday against Winnipeg. He saw just 7:36 of ice time playing on the fourth line with Patrick Brown and Ryan Murphy.
Impact: Chances are you will not see much by way of scoring out of Malone this year, given his checking-line role and minimal ice time. He is currently tied for the team lead in hits with 16, however his minus-5 rating is worst among his teammates. Malone's fantasy value is pretty much zero in all but the deepest of leagues.
Ryan Murphy - #7 - Defense - 5'11" - 176lbs
News: Murphy filled in at forward during Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Winnipeg, playing on the Cane's fourth line alongside Patrick Brown and Brad Malone. He saw ice time of 12:42 and recorded zero points along with a minus-1 rating.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as it's been widely reported that Murphy has spent at least one practice during the past couple of weeks playing a forward role. For now, the injury-riddled Canes seem content to patch up their lineup with whoever they have on hand, including an occasional defenseman like Murphy, rather than recalling forward help from the minors. Either way, this does nothing for Murphy's fantasy value, as he is used to seeing upwards of 20 minutes per night on the blue line. As a fourth-line forward, however, he will realistically only see 10-12 minutes per night at best.
Elias Lindholm - #16 - Center - 6'1" - 192lbs
News: Lindholm has just a single assist through five games so far this season, along with a minus-2 rating and five shots on goal.
Impact: It's been a disappointing start for Lindholm, who was promoted to a top-six role this year after registering 21 points in 58 games last season. That said, Lindholm hasn't had much help, as the banged-up Canes have thus far been dealing with an assortment of injuries to the likes of Eric Staal (upper body), Jordan Staal (broken leg) and Jeff Skinner (concussion). Now that Skinner is back in the lineup and skating on the second line with Lindholm, hopefully things will turn around soon for the talented young Swede. Feel free to deply him as you normally would, however it's worth noting that Lindholm is currently worth much more in keeper leauges compared to single-season formats.
News: Tlusty was responsible for the Hurricanes' only goal in Tuesday's loss to the Jets.
Impact: Aside from his Oct. 11 hat trick against the Islanders, Tlusty's offense has mostly been nonexistent, and the same could be said for just about all of his mates. His five points are tied for tops on the team with Chris Terry, despite the fact that the duo has combined for only 13 shots on goal in Carolina's five games.
News: Khudobin lost for the third consecutive time to open the season Tuesday, giving up three goals on 26 shots.
Impact: At least one of the losses was in overtime -- that helps a little, right? Despite the losing efforts, Khudobin hasn't been bad to open the year; the shorthanded Hurricanes have simply not been playing very well. Still, this could open the door for another Cam Ward start Thursday in Calgary.
News: Gerbe (lower body) won't return to lineup Tuesday against the Jets.
Impact: Gerbe hasn't returned to practice since suffering the lower-body injury last week. At this point, he also looks unlikely to return to action for either of the Hurricanes' back-to-back tilts Thursday and Friday.
News: Staal (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Impact: It's a good sign that Staal was able to take the ice Tuesday, but he is not ready to play just yet. He will likely miss several more games, but he could return to action Oct. 28 against the Canucks.
News: Liles (upper-body soreness) has been cleared for contact, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Impact: Liles is showing improvement, but he is not ready to play just yet, so he will miss his second straight game Tuesday night. However, he could return to action as soon as Thursday.
News: Sekera (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Jets, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Impact: Sekera missed the Hurricanes' last game due to the setback, but he will return to action after making it through Tuesday's morning skate without issue. Expect him to be part of the Hurricanes' top defensive pairing moving forward.
News: Khudobin will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Jets.
Impact: Khudobin and Cam Ward alternated starts over the Hurricanes' first four games, but Khudobin will start for the second game in a row after giving up just one goal his last time out. He will take on a Winnipeg team that has lit the lamp just two times over its last four games after scoring six goals in its season opener.
Tim Gleason - #6 - Defense - 6'0" - 217lbs
News: Gleason, who is second on the team in hits with 12 over four games, has renewed his focus on playing with a physical edge, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Gleason's increased tenacity has him on an early pace for 246 hits, which would be the most he's registered since the 215 he tossed around back in 2010-11. Gleason doesn't score much, but for those if you in deep leagues that count peripheral stats like hits and blocked shots, he typically shows well in those categories.
News: Skinner (concussion) will make his regular season debut Tuesday at Winnipeg, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "He looks hungry and ready to go," head coach Bill Peters said.
Impact: Skinner missed the Canes' first four games of the season after suffering the injury during the preseason, but has reportedly looked sharp in practices lately. He will try to provide a boost to a struggling Carolina squad that's still looking for its first win of the season (0-2-2).
Patrick Brown - #36 - Center - 6'1" - 207lbs
News: Brown was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Sunday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Brown, who has been shuffled between Raleigh and Charlotte several times since the start of the season, may be called upon to fill in once again, as several of the Canes' regulars (Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer, Nathan Gerbe) continue to be on the shelf with a various assortment of injuries. So far this season, Brown has zero points in four games for the 'Canes, averaging 9:38 of ice time per night playing on the team's fourth line. Bottom line, not a lot of fantasy value here.
Brett Bellemore - #73 - Defense - 6'4" - 210lbs
News: After sitting out the Canes' first three games as a healthy scratch, Bellemore finally joined the lineup for Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers. He did not record a point, but registered a couple of penalty minutes, two hits and two blocked shots in 18:16 of ice time.
Impact: With blue-line regulars Andrej Sekera (upper-body) and John-Michael Liles (general soreness) both on the shelf with injuries, the Canes finally turned to Bellemore to help plug the holes in the lineup. This will most certainly not last, of course, as once the team's walking wounded return to action, Bellemore will find himself back on the bench. The young defenseman's fantasy value will continue to hover dangerously close to zero, even in the deepest of formats. Use him only when desperate.
News: Staal (upper body) skated by himself Sunday and could return Oct. 28 against the Canucks.
Impact: Staal left Oct. 11 against the Islanders with an upper-body injury that was originally feared to be a concussion. While he's avoided a concussion, apparently, Staal is still at least a week away from returning.
News: Liles (general soreness) was in a yellow, no-contact jersey at practice on Sunday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: The 33-year-old defenseman did not play Thursday against the Rangers, and his status for Tuesday's game against the Jets is in question. Liles has one assist in three games so far this season.
News: Gerbe (lower body) didn't practice with the team Sunday, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Gerbe was forced out of Thursday's game early with the lower body injury and it held him out of practice again Sunday. He is still considered day-to-day at this point, and with the next game coming Tuesday, his status is still unclear at this point.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Bill Peters said Liles (general soreness) is close to returning, reports Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News-Observer.
Impact: Liles missed Thursday's game against the Rangers after getting a little banged up Tuesday against Buffalo. The Canes' next game isn't until Oct. 21 against Winnipeg, giving Liles plenty of time to heal up. We expect he will suit up against the Jets.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Terry scored the lone goal for Carolina in a 2-1 shootout defeat to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Impact: Terry has three goals and one assist in his first four games this season after totaling three points (one goal, two assists) in his first 13 NHL contests.
News: Staal (upper body) is not expected to return to action until the latter half of the Hurricanes' road trip beginning next week.
Impact: After a break in their schedule over the weekend, the Hurricanes will resume play Tuesday in Winnipeg, but Staal likely won't be available until before the team's Oct. 23 tilt with the Flames. The Hurricanes will wait and see how he progresses over the next few days before determining if an IR stint will be necessary.
News: Sekera (upper body) practiced Friday.
Impact: The extent of Sekera's involvement in practice isn't known, but with the Hurricanes' next game still four days away, it looks like there's a realistic chance he'll only miss one contest due to the upper-body injury. The team will monitor his progress in practices the next few days before determining his availability for Tuesday's game against the Jets.
News: Sutter was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Friday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: A number of injured forwards resulted in Sutter's promotion to the Hurricanes in advance of Thursday's game with the Rangers, but the team is expected to have some players healthy when they take the ice for their next game Tuesday against the Jets. Sutter skated on the fourth line in his NHL debut against the Rangers, going minus-1 in his 5:50 of ice time.
Patrick Brown - #36 - Center - 6'1" - 207lbs
News: Brown was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Friday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: With the Hurricanes activating Jeff Skinner (concussion) from injured reserve, Brown's services were no longer needed. The forward had appeared in all four of the Hurricanes' games on the season, posting a minus-2 rating and going without a point.
News: Skinner (concussion) was activated from injured reserve Friday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Although Skinner was unable to return to action Thursday as the Hurricanes had hoped, it appears that with a few practices over the weekend, he'll make his season debut in the team's next game on Oct. 21 versus Winnipeg. Skinner skated on the second line with Victor Rask and Elias Lindholm at Friday's practice, and it appears he'll stick there once the Hurricanes resume play. His return should be a welcome development for a scoring-starved Hurricanes squad that had already been playing without both Staal brothers.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Liles is out with an upper-body injury.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters said he wasn't sure of a return date.
News: Gerbe left Thursday's game late with a lower-body injury, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Gerbe's injury is unclear beyond the lower-body designation at this point. The Hurricanes don't play again until Tuesday, and there should be more clarity on his situation by then.
News: Terry scored a goal on his only shot for the second straight game Thursday against the Rangers.
Impact: He's got three goals and an assist despite having taken just four shots in four games this season. That's one heck of a scoring rate. Terry's starred in the AHL for years, but is really just breaking into the NHL for the first time now, and the early returns are good.
News: Khudobin was impressive while stopping 33 of 34 in regulation against the Rangers on Thursday, but he allowed the only goal of the shootout to end up with the loss.
Impact: While it's still another loss for the Hurricanes, this easily represents the best start so far this season by a Carolina netminder. Cam Ward appears to be in serious decline and Khudobin is coming off a .926 save mark last season, so the Russian netminder should end up drawing the majority of the starts.
News: Liles (general soreness) didn't take part in morning skate and looks to be out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters said that Liles was "banged up" after Tuesday's game against the Sabres and is being listed as day-to-day. It appears Brett Bellemore will take his spot in the Carolina lineup.
News: Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Staal will miss his second straight game and is considered day-to-day, but coach Bill Peters said he doesn't have a clear idea when the center might be available. With a number of their top players ailing, the Hurricanes should benefit from the five-day break in their schedule after Thursday's game, but if Staal is still hurting next week, a move to injured reserve would likely be considered.
News: Skinner (concussion) has been ruled out of Thursday's contest versus the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Skinner joined the Hurricanes in New York and was on the ice for morning skate, but with only one full-contact practice on his ledger since sustaining the concussion, coach Bill Peters understandably wasn't comfortable using him Thursday. The Hurricanes will receive a much-needed five-day break in the schedule after Thursday's tilt, which should allow Skinner to pick up enough practice time before the team plays its next game Tuesday against Winnipeg.
News: Sekera (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Two days after suffering a nasty collision with the end boards, Sekera was on the ice for morning skate, but was apparently too sore for the Hurricanes to risk playing him Thursday. On a positive note, Sekera appears to have escaped serious injury, save for a few bumps and bruises. After Thursday's match, the Hurricanes won't play again until Oct. 21, which could afford Sekera enough recovery time before returning to the lineup.
News: Khudobin is set to make the start in goal Thursday against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters will stick with his pattern of alternating the starts between Khudobin and Cam Ward until one of the goalies catches fire, but neither looks especially close to a breakthrough. After a rough preseason, Khudobin gave up four goals on 31 shots in his first start of the season Saturday against the Islanders. Things probably won't come much easier for him against the Rangers, especially with the Hurricanes playing without their top two forwards (Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner) and top defenseman (Andrej Sekera).
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Sekera left Tuesday night's game early after a violent crash into the end boards.
Impact: He's listed as day to day with an upper-body injury. He expects to return Tuesday in Winnipeg.
News: The Hurricanes called up Sutter from AHL Charlotte on Wednesday.
Impact: Sutter was called up to take the roster spot of Patrick Dwyer (lower body), who was placed on injured reserve. He tallied 28 points and 29 PIM in 69 games with Charlotte last season, and had yet to record a point through three games this season, so don't expect him to make a major fantasy impact.
News: The Hurricanes placed Dwyer (lower body) on injured reserve Wednesday, retroactive to Oct. 11.
Impact: Dwyer appeared in two games before suffering the injury Saturday. The Hurricanes have not provided much in terms of details regarding Dwyer's status, so it remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined.
News: Liles (undisclosed) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters said Liles got "banged up" late in Tuesday's loss to the Sabres, resulting in his absence from practice. The team's medical staff will assess his health after Thursday's morning skate before determining if he'll be ready to go for the game against the Rangers.
News: Though Sekera (upper body) wasn't able to practice Wednesday, coach Bill Peters hasn't ruled him out for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Sekera was cleared of any structural damage to his shoulder when he collided with the end boards Tuesday night, but Peters noted that while fairly close to a return, the defenseman is still "very sore." It seems more likely than not that the Hurricanes would hold Sekera out Thursday with a long break in their schedule to come thereafter, but the news is nonetheless encouraging for the blueliner, who looked to be at serious risk of a long-term absence.
News: Skinner (concussion) ditched his no-contact jersey at Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Skinner will travel with the Hurricanes to New York in advance of Thursday's game with the Rangers, with a decision on his status for the contest to come down following morning skate. With three of the Hurricanes' other top players in Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Andrej Sekera seemingly unlikely to play Thursday, Skinner's potential return would represent a welcome development.
News: Coach Bill Peters said that X-rays performed on Sekera after Tuesday's game came back negative, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: While it appears Sekera was able to avoid structural damage to his body after colliding with the end boards in the first period of the loss to the Sabres, the blueliner's head and shoulder still absorbed significant impact. As a result, Sekera could face further evaluation for a concussion over the next several hours, putting his status for Thursday's game against the Rangers in peril.
Riley Nash - #20 - Center - 6'1" - 191lbs
News: Nash earned a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo.
Impact: Nash saw huge minutes in this one -- 21:20, second only to Elias Lindholm among Carolina forwards. It looks like the 'Canes are prepared to sink a lot of faith into him with Jordan and Eric Staal both hurting, though Eric should be back soon, pushing Nash to the third line.
News: Terry picked up a goal, an assist, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's shootout loss to Buffalo. He also scored a shootout goal.
Impact: Terry's off to a strong start this year despite seeing very limited ice time, and producing this much despite such a small role could help him move up in the lineup. He's not really a prospect anymore at age 25, but Terry's been a major producer at the AHL level and has earned an opportunity to carve out a significant role with the Hurricanes. He'll do just that if he keeps finding ways to put up points.
Zach Boychuk - #22 - Left Wing - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Boychuk picked up a goal and an assist despite playing just 9:25 in his season debut Tuesday against Buffalo.
Impact: Boychuk and Chris Terry combined to lead the 'Canes on a comeback, as Boychuk helped out on Terry's goal that made it 3-2 at 12:11 of the third period, then scored himself from Terry in the final two minutes to tie the game. Now 25 years old, Boychuk's been jerked around by the Hurricanes for years, so we're going to need to see him carve out a bigger role to recommend he be rolled out in fantasy lineups.
News: Ward surrendered three goals on 26 shots and was stuck with a loss after a lengthy shootout Tuesday against Buffalo.
Impact: It doesn't look good on any goalie to take a loss to these Sabres, who'd fallen in regulation in their first three games this year. Ward hasn't been good in either of his starts this year, but Anton Khudobin wasn't good in his first start either. The Hurricanes will likely turn back to Khudobin against the Rangers on Thursday, and if Khudobin plays well, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him displace Ward over the next few games.
News: Sekera was removed from Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury and will not return.
Impact: Facing off against his former team, Sekera took a hard collision into the boards while attempting to deny a Sabres goal, with his head appearing to take the brunt of the blow. The Hurricanes will evaluate him with the hope that he avoided a concussion, but there's legitimate concern that he could miss some time. The Hurricanes are painfully thin on both quality blue liners, and any absence by Sekera would only further illuminate that deficiency.
News: Ward is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Sabres, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Impact: Ward worked in the starter's net during Tuesday's morning skate, indicating he will be in goal for Tuesday's matchup with Buffalo. Ward will look to get back on track after giving up five goals on just 26 shots in the Hurricanes' season-opening loss to the Islanders.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Dwyer is out with a lower-body injury.
Impact: There's no information about the severity of the injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Staal remains out with an upper body injury.
Impact: It's uncertain when he'll return.
News: Staal (upper body) does not have a concussion, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Stall will still sit out Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but it's certainly encouraging to hear that he doesn't have a concussion. There's no word yet on the exact nature of Staal's injury, so it's safest to consider him say-to-day for now.
News: Skinner (concussion) could return to the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Skinner will skate in Tuesday's morning skate, but won't be in the lineup against the Sabres. He could return Thursday, though, to make his season debut, and provide an offensive threat for the injury riddled Canes.
News: Dwyer (lower body) will not be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Dwyer joins Eric Staal (upper body) and Jeff Skinner (concussion) on the list of Hurricanes who will be inactive Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return at this point.
News: Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Staal missed practice Monday, and as expected, won't be available for Tuesday's game. If he does indeed have a concussion, there's a chance he could miss a significant period of time.
News: Dwyer (lower body) did not practice with the team Monday, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Dwyer left Saturday's game with a lower body injury that may have been a reaggravation of his previous groin injury. The 'Canes are already riddled with injuries, so the loss of Dwyer would certainly hurt.
News: Staal (upper body) did not practice with the team Monday, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Staal left Saturday's game after getting hit hard, and could be suffering from a concussion. It's a bad sign that he wasn't at practice Monday, and there's a good chance he won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres.
News: Coach Bill Peters said Skinner is "getting real close" to returning after suffering a concussion during a preseason game Oct. 5 at Washington.
Impact: The coach said Skinner skated alone Monday, is expected to skate with the team before Tuesday night's game and "hopefully by Thursday, he'll be ready to go."
Zach Boychuk - #22 - Left Wing - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Boychuk has been recalled from Charlotte of the AHL.
Impact: Boychuk appeared in 11 games for the Hurricanes last season, tallying four points (one goal) with a plus-one overall rating. The 25-year-old was the top goal-scorer in the AHL last season, but it's hard to see him holding significant fantasy value right away.
News: Harrison had 17 penalty minutes Saturday.
Impact: Harrison's second-period fight showcased the ugly side of the NHL.
News: Skinner (concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Hurricanes on Sunday, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
Impact: Skinner suffered the concussion in an Oct. 5 preseason game and missed the team's first two games as a result. His placement on injured reserve likely means he will be out longer, though concussions don't typically have a timetable.
Alexander Semin - #28 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 209lbs
News: Semin had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Semin bounced back from a pointless effort in his fantasy opener.
News: Tlusty scored two power-play goals in the first period and completed his second NHL hat trick with 5:58 left in the third Saturday.
Impact: Don't expect too many more efforts like this.
News: Khudobin stopped 27 shots Saturday.
Impact: Khudobin is not a household name, though he has potential.
Alexander Semin - #28 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 209lbs
News: Semin picked up two assists in Saturday's 4-3 defeat to the Islanders.
Impact: Both of Semin's helpers came via the power play and were of the secondary variety. The veteran winger ended training camp at full health following offseason wrist surgery, but it seems highly unlikely that he'll ever return to the 70-point production he achieved three times during his prime years with Washington.
News: Khudobin surrendered four goals on 31 shots in Saturday's loss to the Islanders.
Impact: It was a rather tepid showing from Khudobin, who squandered a major opportunity to create some space from Cam Ward in the competition for the top goalie job. The final goal allowed by Khudobin proved especially costly, as he allowed the Islanders' Josh Bailey to put the puck past him with four seconds remaining in the second period, which amounted to the game-winning tally. The poor performances offered by both Khudobin and Ward over the weekend make it anyone's guess as to who may get the nod for Tuesday's home tilt with the Sabres.
News: Tlusty picked up a hat trick in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: It was a #onemanshow for sure -- two of those goals came on the power play and the third was a solo, unassisted effort. Could a career high in the making? Maybe -- he has four points in two games and while that pace will slow, it's clear he has his eyes set on bettering his 38-point best. Get on board -- he's a low-cost complementary scorer for your squad.
News: Staal left Saturday's game with what might be concussion-like symptoms, according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. He had taken a hard, high and legal hit that caused his head to whip forward and back.
Impact: He was slow to get off the ice and appeared dazed on the bench. This could be a huge blow to an already injury-riddled Canes' squad if Staal proves to be concussed.
News: Dwyer left Saturday night's game with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Impact: The news is certainly troubling, since Dwyer was a game-time decision Saturday with a groin injury. There's no official word on the nature of his injury yet, but he could certainly end up missing some time if it's his groin that's bothering him once again.
News: Staal left Saturday night's game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Impact: Staal picked up an assist before leaving the game, but his health is obviously a bigger concern after undergoing offseason abdominal surgery. There's no word on the nature of his injury at this point, but it would be a huge blow to the Canes if he missed a significant amount of time.
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News: Ward stopped just 21 shots in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: It was a disappointing showing for Ward, who has now dropped four straight season openers. Fantasy owners should be patient with the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
News: Khudobin will draw the start in the net Saturday against the Islanders.
Impact: The Hurricanes were always likely to split the back-to-back starts against the Islanders between Khudobin and Cam Ward while the No. 1 goalie gig remained up for grabs, but the decision to go with Khudobin was made even easier after Ward surrendered five goals on just 26 shots Friday night. Khudobin yielded five goals of his own in his final start of the preseason last weekend, but if he can tighten things up in his first turn of the regular season, he could create some separation from Ward in their job battle. Khudobin was unquestionably the superior netminder last season, going 19-14-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .926 save percentage over his 36 appearances.
News: Sekera dished out two assists, while logging a team-high 22:08 of ice time in Friday's loss to the Islanders.
Impact: A good start for Sekera, who is coming off a career-high 11-goal, 44-point season in 2013-14. Although the Hurricanes will likely be challenged to score goals in 2014-15, Sekera can still be counted on for reliable point production, playing on the top defensive pairing and first power-play unit.
News: Ward gave up five goals on 26 shots in Friday's loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Not a good start for Ward, who is expected to split goaltending duties this season with Anton Khudobin. It's hard to count on Ward too much in fantasy nowadays, especially considering the team in front of him is currently without two of their best players in Jordan Staal (leg) and Jeff Skinner (concussion). If Ward continues to struggle, Khodobin could win over the coveted starting gig.