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Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Staal (upper body) skated by himself Sunday and could return during the road trip at Vancouver.
Impact: Staal left the game Oct. 11 against the Islanders with an upper body injury that was feared to be a concussion, but was later determined not the case. The trip to Vancouver is next Tuesday, meaning coach Bill Peters believes Staal is still at least a week away from returning.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Liles was in a yellow, no-contact jersey at the Hurricanes practice on Sunday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: The 33-year-old defenseman did not play in Carolina's game on 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.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
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: Coach Bill Peters said Dwyer will miss Tuesday night's game against Buffalo.
Impact: Dwyer has a lower body injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Staal missed Thursday's loss to the New York Rangers.
Impact: Staal is out with an unspecified upper body injury.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
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."
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Harrison had 17 penalty minutes Saturday.
Impact: Harrison's second-period fight showcased the ugly side of the NHL.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Semin had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Semin bounced back from a pointless effort in his fantasy opener.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
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.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Khudobin stopped 27 shots Saturday.
Impact: Khudobin is not a household name, though he has potential.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
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.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy will be a healthy scratch for Friday's season opener against the Islanders, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: While the youngster will sit out the opener, coach Bill Peters said Murphy could enter the lineup Saturday, when the two teams will move their matchup to Long Island. He'd likely replace one of the team's veterans on the blue line, with Jay Harrison or Tim Gleason representing the most likely candidates to sit out.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dwyer (groin) was on the ice for morning skate and looks set to play Friday against the Islanders, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: He'll skate on the Canes' third line, joining Brad Malone and Jay McClement. Dwyer tallied eight goals and 14 assists over 75 games last season with Carolina, production that's probably not good enough to justify rostering him in most leagues.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ward will be in the net for Friday's season opener against the Islanders.
Impact: Though Ward will get the Opening Night starting nod, it still look like the Hurricanes will go with a timeshare in goal to start the season, after Anton Khudobin impressed in his 36-game run with Carolina in 2013-14. Ward's previous postseason heroics for the Hurricanes as well as his exorbitant contract will probably afford him more opportunities to nail down the No. 1 job, but if his downturn in performance the last three seasons is any indication, a dramatic bounce-back shouldn't be expected.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dwyer (groin) is on track to play in Friday's season opener, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Dwyer has shown gradual improvement throughout the week, and he finally shed his no-contact jersey Thursday, which indicates he is feeling good enough to skate without restriction. Expect the Hurricanes to provide an official update on his status following Friday's morning skate.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dwyer (groin) was at Wednesday's practice wearing a no-contact yellow jersey, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: If Dwyer is given the green light to play in Friday's season opener against the Islanders, he would likely line up on the Canes' third line with Jay McClement and Patrick Brown. Dwyer scored a career-high 22 points in 75 games last year, giving him fantasy value in deeper leagues only.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy filled in at forward at Tuesday's practice, and could see time there during Friday's season opener against the Islanders, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: With regular forwards Jordan Staal (broken leg) and Jeff Skinner (concussion) both on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the Canes are short on healthy bodies, and may opt to pull Murphy off the blue line and start him as a forward rather than call someone up from the minors. Murphy, whose specialty is manning the power play, would probably line up on one of the Canes' checking lines; however, if he spends enough time at forward, he could eventually qualify for dual eligibility in some fantasy formats, which would give his overall value a boost. Keep an eye on this situation as it progresses, and don't be afraid to take a flier on Murphy for those of you in deeper leagues.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gerbe is expected to slot in on the Hurricanes' second line to begin the season, NHL.com's Michael Smith reports.
Impact: With Jeff Skinner out indefinitely with a concussion, Gerbe will receive the first opportunity to fill some of the offensive void. Though the appointment to a top-six role probably bumps Gerbe's stock upward a bit, don't expect a huge surge in scoring from the 27-year-old. The Hurricanes will be breaking in rookie Victor Rask as the second-line center while Jordan Staal (leg) remains sidelined for the next three-to-four months, so the unit could experience some growing pains in the early going.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dwyer (groin) skated on his own Tuesday but remains day-to-day, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Impact: Dwyer has been slowed by a sore groin the last couple weeks, and as he's still feeling soreness and remains unable to practice, he may not be ready for Friday's season opener against the Islanders.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lindholm (foot) has been diagnosed with a bruise and is expected to rejoin his teammates for practice Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: All signs here point to Lindholm being ready to roll when the Hurricanes host the Islanders in their season opener Friday.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown was recalled by Carolina on Monday.
Impact: Brown will now get an opportunity to start his first season as a professional in the NHL. Despite the call up, it's unlikely that the product of Boston College will see significant time on the ice and may even be sent back down to the AHL at a moments notice.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skinner has been diagnosed with a concussion, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Skinner suffered the injury during the Hurricanes final preseason game, and will likely miss the season opener Friday because of it, and possibly beyond. Because Skinner has already suffered multiple concussions over his young career, there's legitimate concern he may not receive clearance right away. At any rate, he'll be subjected to the NHL's concussion protocol, with the Hurricanes holding out hope that the head injury Skinner sustained was a mild one. The 22-year-old racked up 33 goals and 21 assists in 71 games last season, and should be one of Carolina's leading scorers again when healthy.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gleason played in his fourth game of the preseason Sunday against the Capitals. He saw 18:12 worth of ice time, including 2:35 on the penalty kill.
Impact: This is a good example of how Gleason is likely to be used once the regular season gets underway. He is primarily a stay-at-home, shutdown type of defenseman whose primary responsbility is keeping pucks out of his own net. He will likely play on the Canes' third defensive pairing, either with John-Michael Liles or Jay Harrison.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaRose was assigned to AHL Charlotte on Monday.
Impact: LaRose got a chance to spend camp with the Hurricanes, but he did not show enough to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster. He is not officially under contract with the Hurricanes, but he does have a pact with Charlotte and was a Hurricane from 2005-2013, so he could join the team at some point.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes on Monday.
Impact: Boychuk was given a chance to compete for a roster spot during training camp, but he did not do enough to make the cut. Boychuk tallied 78 points in 80 games split between the Hurricanes and AHL Charlotte last season, so he could garner some interest on waivers. If he is not claimed, he will head to Charlotte to open the season.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lindholm left Sunday's preseason game against Washington after blocking a shot with his foot, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Impact: There was no immediate update on Lindholm following the game, so hopefully this is an indication that he did not suffer any serious injury on the play. Consider him day-to-day for now until more information becomes available.
Oct 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tlusty added a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-2 preseason loss to the Capitals.
Impact: After last season's disappointing campaign, Tlusty is looking to turn things around this year and could start the season on the team's first line. He could have respectable fantasy value in deeper leagues, but there's the risk that he gets pushed down to the second line if he fails to rebound in the early going from his downturn in production last season.
Oct 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Liles scored a goal in a 5-2 preseason loss to the Capitals on Sunday.
Impact: Liles was fighting for a roster spot this preseason, but it appears he'll have earned his way onto the team at the start of the season. He also logged some time on special teams, both on the power play and on the penalty kill, suggesting he could be store for some meaningful minutes in the regular season. However, don't expect any increased ice time to translate into meaningful fantasy numbers.
Oct 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Khudobin allowed five goals on 38 shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Khudobin entered preseason play in a competition with Cam Ward for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart in net, and may have lost some traction with this dud of a performance. It's not known which goalie will get the nod for opening night, but expect both netminders to split the starts relatively evenly until one clearly separates himself from the other. The five goals are clearly not a positive, but Khudobin didn't exactly get a lot of assistance from his defense.
Oct 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skinner (upper body) will be reevaluated Monday after he was forced out of Sunday's preseason game.
Impact: Coach Bill Peters relayed after Sunday's game that Skinner feels fine, but a definite update on his status will be given Monday after he's examined further. His history of concussions is alarming, so it'll be important to see how he feels Monday to determine his status moving forward.
Oct 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Skinner left Sunday's preseason game early with an upper-body injury and did not return, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Skinner has had a history of concussions last season that caused him to miss a significant amount of time. The team hasn't indicated that is the case but another report seemed to hint that it is a possibility. The injury may leave his status in doubt for the Hurricanes' regular season opener Oct. 10.