Carolina Hurricanes Player News: All Positions

News: Vatanen (leg) will be ready to suit up for the Hurricanes once the league kicks off the 2020 postseason, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Vatanen was dealing with his leg injury when he was acquired by Carolina at the trade deadline and has yet to make an appearance for the club this season. While he won't get a regular-season contest in, the Finnish defenseman figures to be a key part of the club's play-in series versus the Rangers. With Vatanen good to go, Haydn Fleury and Trevor van Riemsdyk figure to find themselves relegated to the press box.
News: Pesce (shoulder) is scheduled to meet with a surgeon June 5, Cory Lavalette of the North State Journal reports.
Impact: Pesce underwent what at the time was believed to be season-ending shoulder surgery March 5, but now that it appears as though the NHL is on track to resume play sometime in late July or early August, he could be an option for the Hurricanes in the playoffs, particularly if they're able to knock off the Rangers in their qualifying-round matchup. The 25-year-old blueliner has picked up four goals and 18 points while averaging just under 22 minutes of ice time per contest in 61 appearances this season.
News: Gibbons agreed in principle Wednesday to a contract with Lausanne HC of the Swiss National League that will go into effect for the 2020-21 season, Jerome Reynard of 24Heures.ch reports.
Impact: Gibbons will remain with the Hurricanes through the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign before continuing his career overseas next season. The 32-year-old has been playing on a two-way contract this season, appearing in 15 contests for the parent club and tallying no points across 9:46 of ice time per game.
News: Bean was the No. 1 defenseman in the AHL this season with 48 points in 59 contests.
Impact: Despite his high production value in the minors, Bean hasn't been able to secure a call-up to Carolina this season, though if the league restarts with expanded roster sizes, he should be a top candidate. Thanks to his entry-level deal sliding twice, the 21-year-old will still be under contract next year and should get a chance to fight for a spot on the Opening Night roster.
News: Slavin produced a career-high 36 points in 68 games prior to the league suspending play in mid-March.
Impact: Tucked right in behind Dougie Hamilton's 40 points to pace the Hurricanes' back end, Slavin has officially bested his previous career-high 34 set as a sophomore in 2016-17 -- in 14 less games. More impressive, perhaps, is his eye-popping plus-30 (!) rating, which happens to be tied with Hamilton for third in the NHL. Hamilton is paired with Slavin at even strength over 70 percent of the time, so it's clear that this duo is quietly one of the most effective in the Eastern Conference.
News: Necas tallied 16 goals and 20 assists in 64 games prior to the league going on hiatus in mid-March.
Impact: The 21-year-old has had a fantasy rookie showing, as his 16 goals rank fourth among NHL rookies and his points place him seventh. For the most part, those ahead of Necas on the list have received substantially more ice time than his 14:10, suggesting he still has another gear (or two) to shift into as he develops at the NHL level. Look for big things to come from the young Czech.
News: Teravainen put up 63 points in 68 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
Impact: Over the last couple of seasons, the 25-year-old has quietly blossomed into a near point-per-game asset. Teravainen has proven that 2018-19's 76-point output was no fluke, as his scoring pace this year is exactly the same at 0.93 points per game. He's second on the Hurricanes behind only Sebastian Aho's 66 points, and his 48 assists are 14th best in the NHL. With four more years remaining at an average value of $5.4 million, both the Hurricanes and salary cap owners have a bargain on their hands in the Finn.
News: Pesce (shoulder) is on track with the 4-to-6 month timetable stemming from his season-ending surgery, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Pesce was given that timetable after his surgery in early March, meaning that returning this season even with the delay would not be possible. However, he is trending towards being ready to go once the 2020-21 campaign gets underway.
News: Hamilton (lower body) will be ready to return when the NHL season resumes, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. "His rehab has gone very well. He's done everything that he needed to. He's been cleared," general manager Don Waddell said Thursday.
Impact: The Carolina defenseman is making a recovery from a fractured fibula suffered in January. He has yet to progress to on-ice work, but Carolina does not need to rush that element with the season on pause for the foreseeable future. Once things begin ramping up in that regard, so too will Hamilton's activity to get him ready to return once games resume.
News: Reimer (lower body) is healthy and available once the NHL season resumes. Coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters, "He was probably a week away, and Petr (Mrazek) was back, so we've got those guys back, which is good," Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Reimer had been traveling with the team prior to the league stoppage, which was certainly a good sign. If the league resumes a portion of the regular season, the netminder could share the early workload with Mrazek, though in a "direct to playoffs" scenario, Reimer probably wouldn't see much ice the rest of the way.
News: Hamilton (lower body) will look to get back onto the ice as soon as possible and could return to the lineup once the NHL season picks back up. Coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters, "I do know that he's been progressing, and he wanted to get on the ice, I heard, but there's no rinks, but he at least reached out about the possibility of that, so that's a good sign," Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Prior to the league stoppage, the Hurricanes were without both Hamilton and trade-deadline acquisition Sami Vatanen (leg), leaving their blue line stretched a little thin. Once cleared to play, the 26-year-old Hamilton should return to being a top-end fantasy option on a nightly basis, especially considering he figures to return to the top power-play unit.
News: Vatanen (leg) may be available for the Hurricanes should the NHL season resume. Coach Rod Brind'amour told reporters, "We were told he was going to be ready the first week of March when we made the deal, and that didn't happen. Now I would say that would be for sure, but you never know," Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Vatanen was acquired at the trade deadline with the hope of him bolstering the Canes' blue line, but a setback in his recovery and the league stoppage has kept the Finn from making his debut for Carolina. The 28-year-old will no doubt be eager to prove he is back to 100 percent considering he is headed toward free agency this summer.
News: Aho racked up 38 goals and 66 points in 68 games before the NHL suspended its season in March.
Impact: Aho has already set a new career high in goals through the first 68 games of the campaign, and if the NHL ultimately resumes its season, he could match or even surpass the new personal best he set in points (83) a year ago if he's able to get hot down the stretch. At just 22 years old, Aho's best years are likely still ahead of him.
News: Cotton signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Impact: Carolina announced the signings of both Cotton and his younger brother, David, who is considered the superior prospect of the two. Jason, 25, recently wrapped up his senior season at Sacred Heart, during which he was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist after registering 20 goals and 17 assists in 34 games.
News: Cotton signed Tuesday with the Hurricanes on a two-year, entry-level contract.
Impact: Carolina announced entry-level deals for both Cotton and his older brother, Jason, both of whom recently wrapped up their final seasons at Boston College and Sacred Heart, respectively. The 22-year-old Cotton was named to the Hockey East third team as a senior, finishing with 39 points in 32 games.
News: Svechnikov has 24 goals, 61 points and a plus-9 rating in 68 games this season.
Impact: The Russian winger will turn 20 later this month and has already made drastic improvements at the NHL level. After scoring 37 points in 82 games as a rookie, Svechnikov scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in 2019-20 and could reach the 70-point mark if the NHL resumes the regular season. He's established himself as one of the top young forwards in the league.
News: Gardiner racked up three assists and three shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
Impact: The veteran defenseman has exploded for five points (one goal, four assists) and seven shots over the first two games of the week, helping carry the Hurricanes to a pair of decisive road wins. Two of his three helpers Tuesday came with the man advantage. Gardiner isn't asked to carry the offensive load from the blue line like he was at times in Toronto, but he's chipped in with a respectable 23 points in 68 games. His career-worst minus-24 rating, however, isn't doing fantasy owners any favors.
News: Teravainen collected a pair of assists and had three shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
Impact: Teravainen figured in on a pair of third-period goals by Sebastian Aho, turning a 3-2 lead into a 5-2 victory. He sprung Aho on a short-handed breakaway early in the third, then drew a secondary helper on Aho's power-play goal with just over three minutes left in regulation. Teravainen has produced 15 goals and 48 assists in 68 games, the third straight season in which he's topped 60 points.
News: Williams scored a power-play goal on two shots in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Sunday.
Impact: Williams found the net with the man advantage just 1:38 into the third period, giving Carolina a 3-2 lead. It took the 38-year-old some time to find his game after joining the Hurricanes in January, but he's on absolute fire right now with six goals during a five-game scoring streak. As Williams approaches the 700-point milestone for his career (he's at 798), he can help win fantasy owners a playoff matchup with his current tear.
News: Niederreiter scored a power-play goal on four shots and had two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
Impact: Niederreiter found the net midway through the second period to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. It snapped a six-game scoring drought for the 27-year-old and his four shots on goal matched his season high. Niederreiter has 11 goals and 29 points in 67 games, a disappointing drop-off in production from his 23-goal campaign a year ago.
News: Geekie scored a goal on two shots and won six of eight (75 percent) faceoffs in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: After scoring two goals in his NHL debut Sunday, Geekie picked up right where he left off by opening the scoring midway through the first period Tuesday. His wrister from the high slot gave him three goals on just four shots, an obviously unsustainable clip, but the 21-year-old has nonetheless provided the Hurricanes with a shot in the arm since being recalled from AHL Charlotte over the weekend.
News: Aho scored a pair of goals, one on the power play and one shorthanded, while adding an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Detroit. He also had three shots and two hits.
Impact: Aho enjoyed a massive third period, collecting all three of his points in the final 20 minutes. He set up Justin Williams' game-winning goal early in the frame, made it a 4-2 score three minutes later on a short-handed breakaway, then rounded out the scoring on the power play with 3:02 left in regulation. Aho had sputtered slightly since the end of February, collecting just one assist in four games prior to Tuesday. The 22-year-old now has 38 goals and 66 points in 68 games.
News: Mrazek (concussion) turned aside 23 shots in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
Impact: Mrazek, who was sidelined for the previous six games, was sharp in his return to active duty, giving up only a pair of re-direction goals. He's now posted a .915 save percentage or better in five of his last six appearances and, if Tuesday is any indication, appears poised to once again taking over the primary goaltending duties in Carolina.
News: Dzingel (upper body) was on the ice for morning skate, but he isn't expected to play Tuesday against the Red Wings, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Dzingel will miss a second straight game, but his presence on the ice at morning skate suggests he should be ready to rejoin the lineup sooner rather than later. The 28-year-old American will be reevaluated ahead of Thursday's clash with the Devils.
News: Mrazek (concussion) will be between the pipes for Tuesday's road clash with the Red Wings, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Mrazek will return to the crease for the first time following a six-game stretch on the shelf due to his concussion. Prior to getting hurt, the netminder posted a 2-2-0 record and 2.51 GAA in his last five outings. With Mrazek fully fit, he figures to see the bulk of the workload down the stretch, perhaps only watching from the bench in back-to-backs.
News: Mrazek (concussion) could be back in the lineup versus Detroit on Tuesday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: While nothing has been confirmed in regard to Mrazek's status, the fact that the organization sent Alex Nedeljkovic backs to the minors would seem to indicate Mrazek will at least be healthy enough to serve as the backup. Once given the all-clear, the 27-year-old figures to see the bulk of the starts down the stretch in order to help the club hold onto a spot in the playoffs.
News: Nedeljkovic was sent down to AHL Charlotte on Monday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Nedeljkovic went 1-2-1 in four appearances with the Hurricanes and will return to the minors, where he holds a 15-10-2 record in 28 games played.
News: Reimer (lower body) joined the Canes on the road for the last two games of their trip, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Reimer's status versus Detroit and New Jersey on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, remains up in the air, but the fact that he is with the team bodes well for his recovery. Even once cleared to play, the Manitoba native may be hard-pressed to pull starts away from Petr Mrazek (concussion), who is also nearing a return to action.
News: Fleury picked up two assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The 23-year-old blueliner is on a bit of a roll, recording a goal and four points in the last four games. Fleury isn't a consistent scoring threat -- he has just four goals and 14 points through 44 games -- but a Canes offense that has received reinforcements for the stretch run could produce some additional opportunities for the whole roster, including stay-at-home defensemen.
News: Staal notched two assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: He recorded helpers on both of Justin Williams' third-period goals, as the veteran forwards showed some good chemistry together. Staal has a goal and eight points in the last 11 games, one of his best stretches of the season, and he could supply some deep-league fantasy value down the stretch on an impressively reinforced Carolina roster.
News: Martinook picked up two assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The addition of rookie Morgan Geekie sparked the Carolina fourth line to life, and Martinook found the scoresheet for the first time since Jan. 31 and recorded his first multi-point game since Dec. 19. Geekie might soon get a promotion to a better spot in the lineup, however, and Martinook may not be able to take advantage of further offensive opportunities before he does -- the 27-year-old has only two goals and 13 points through 44 games this season.
News: Gardiner scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: He helped set up rookie Morgan Geekie for Carolina's first goal of the afternoon, then blasted home what proved to be the game-winner late in the second period. Gardiner had only one assist in his prior 11 games, so this outburst was a welcome sight, but the veteran blueliner remains a risky fantasy option with four goals and 21 points through 67 games on the season.
News: Williams scored two goals in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The 38-year-old winger fired home back-to-back goals in the third period to help put the game out of reach. Williams has a four-game goal streak going, lighting the lamp five times during that stretch as he gets ready for one more playoff run.
News: Geekie scored two goals and an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The 21-year-old made an instant impact in his NHL debut, adding two shots, four blocked shots, a hit, two PIM and a plus-3 rating to his ledger while potting Carolina's first and last tallies of the afternoon. Geekie skated on the fourth line at even strength but saw time on both the power play and penalty kill, a good sign that he'll get an opportunity to carve out a significant role with the Canes and work his way up the depth chart.
News: Nedeljkovic made 28 saves in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: After getting beaten twice in the first period, Nedeljkovic shut the door on Pittsburgh and let the Carolina offense get to work. The 24-year-old notched his first win in four starts since his promotion to the big club and only the second NHL victory of his career, and he now sports a 3.06 GAA and .887 save percentage for the Canes.
News: Nedeljkovic will tend the road twine in Sunday's matchup against Pittsburgh, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old will make another start with netminders James Reimer (lower body) and Petr Mrazek (concussion) missing time. Nedeljkovic has gone 0-2-1 at the NHL level this season along witha 3.46 GAA and .866 save percentage. He'll face a tough matchup against a Penguins offense that ranks 10th in the league in goals per game (3.19).
News: Reimer (lower body) isn't expected to suit up in Sunday's road clash against Pittsburgh, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: The 31-year-old has sat out the past five games with the lower-body issue after a collision that forced him to leave the game Feb. 22 against Toronto. With fellow netminder Petr Mrazek (concussion) also set to miss more time, Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to draw the start Sunday with Anton Forsberg set to back up.
News: Dzingel (upper body) isn't expected to suit up in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Impact: The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but it's expected to force Dzingel to miss game time. The 29-year-old has struggled in his past 11 games, going pointless while being demoted to the fourth line. In his stead, Morgan Geekie is expected to make his NHL debut Sunday.
News: Trochek scored the game-winning goal on the power play in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders.
Impact: After starting his Canes tenure with zero points through four games, Trochek finally made an impact. The 26-year-old now has 11 goals -- one more than last season -- and 37 points through 60 games between Carolina and Florida.
News: Svechnikov notched two assists, one on the power play, in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders.
Impact: He nearly scored the OT winner, but his attempt to swat a deflected puck out of midair rang off the crossbar and fell to Vincent Trochek, who buried it behind Thomas Greiss. Svechnikov snapped a brief three-game point drought with the helpers, and on the season the second-year phenom is up to 24 goals and 60 points through 66 contests.
News: Forsberg made 24 saves in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders.
Impact: The 27-year-old collected his first NHL win in almost two years with a strong performance -- coincidentally, the last one also came against the Isles, a 3-1 Blackhawks victory on Mar. 24, 2018. Forsberg will continue to handle No. 1 duties for the Canes until Petr Mrazek (concussion) or James Reimer (lower body) gets healthy.
News: Geekie was recalled from AHL Charlotte after Saturday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Islanders, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Geekie has racked up 42 points in 55 AHL games this season, so his promotion is long overdue. He'll join the Hurricanes following their compelling win over the Islanders, but it's not yet clear when Geekie will make his NHL debut.
News: Forsberg will start Saturday's game against the Islanders.
Impact: Both Forsberg and Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss got the hook in their respective previous appearances, so Carolina's disadvantage in goal may not be as substantial as it has been recently with the team's top two goalies still on the mend. With three points separating the Islanders -- who hold the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference -- from the Hurricanes, this will be a game of massive importance for both clubs.
News: Per coach Rod Brind'Amour, Mrazek (concussion) should be back soon but not in the next couple games, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Impact: If we take couple to mean two, that would rule Mrazek out for this weekend's back-to-back against the Islanders and Penguins. His next chance to return after that would come on the ensuing leg of Carolina's road trip Tuesday in Detroit. With Carolina battling for a playoff spot and relying on depth goalies at the moment, the team won't take long getting Mrazek back in there once he's healthy.
News: Coach Rod Brind'Amour indicated Friday that he intends to have Mrazek (concussion) take part in another practice before putting him in a game but didn't completely rule out a return this weekend, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Assuming he does well overnight with the concussion protocol, it seems likely Mrazek will at least join the team on its upcoming three-game road trip. With a back-to-back set on tap, the staff may elect to insert Mrazek for one of the two contests, especially with James Reimer (lower body) sidelined.
News: Nedeljkovic made 28 saves in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Impact: The game was close -- just 2-0 heading into the third before the Canes put up a goal at the 2:55 mark. But Ned's game crumbled in the third, as he allowed two goals in just 26 seconds. Nedeljkovic has had a tough time replicating his strong AHL play in the NHL. Bench him for now -- you don't need to hold your breath every time he's in your net.
News: Pesce has undergone surgery on his injured right shoulder and will be sidelined for 4-to-6 months.
Impact: This news won't impact many fantasy lineups, but it represents a huge blow to the Hurricanes, as Pesce has been a fantastic top-four option for Carolina throughout the campaign, picking up 18 points and a plus-7 rating while averaging 21:53 of ice time in 61 games. The 25-year-old blueliner will now shift his focus to healing up in time for training camp in September.
News: Nedeljkovic will guard the road goal during Thursday's clash with the Flyers, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.
Impact: Nedeljkovic was sharp in his last appearance Saturday against Montreal, stopping 18 of 19 shots after replacing Anton Forsberg in the second period of the contest, but despite his efforts to spur a comeback, he was ultimately saddled with the 4-3 overtime loss. He'll have to play lights out in order to have a shot at picking up the second win of his young NHL career Thursday, as he'll be entering a brutal road matchup with a sizzling-hot Philadelpha team that's won seven straight games.
News: Vatanen (leg) was unable to finish the Canes' game-day skate and appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery. Coach Rob Brind'Amour told reporters, "He came off so that's not good. We were hoping to get him closer to playing. Now he looks like he's further away," Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This comes as a huge blow for Vatanen, who seemed to be trending in the right direction and is with the team for its five-game road trip. The team didn't immediately provide a more specific timeline, but it seems the Finn will miss Thursday's matchup with the Flyers at a minimum.
News: Vatanen (leg) will join the Hurricanes on their upcoming road trip but isn't guaranteed to play, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Vatanen's presence on the trip is certainly a good sign, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's quite ready to return to game action at this point. The team will activate the blueliner from injured reserve prior to his reinsertion into the lineup, so look for that transaction to serve as an indicator that Vatanen is ready to roll.
News: Mrazek (concussion) still needs to clear the concussion protocol but is hoping to travel with the team for its five-game road trip, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Even if Mrazek does make the trip, it's not clear when he might be ready to get back into the crease. The Hurricanes' upcoming back-to-back versus the Islanders and Penguins on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, could be a good opportunity to get back into the lineup. Until Mrazek is given the all-clear, Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljkovic figure to continue splitting the workload.
News: According to general manager Don Waddell, Mrazek (concussion) is still 7-to-10 days away from returning to action, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Mrazek will miss Carolina's next three games at a minimum, but it sounds like the Hurricanes are hopeful that he'll be ready to return shortly thereafter. Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljkovic will continue to shoulder the load in goal until Mrazek or James Reimer (lower body) is ready to return.
News: Fleury scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Perhaps more importantly, Saturday was also Fleury's 17th consecutive game in the lineup -- a far cry from earlier in the season when he was sitting out long stretches as a healthy scratch. He's also seen a jump in his ice time as well, averaging roughly 17 minutes per game in his last eight contests, including a season-high 21:14 Saturday against the Habs. He's not a viable fantasy option yet, but he's finally seeing regular minutes, which is a step in the right direction.
News: McGinn saw ice time of just 10:48 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens. He also failed to register a point for the third straight game, giving him just four points in 13 February contests.
Impact: It's been a tough season for the 26-year-old winger, who now has just 15 points through 64 games. McGinn looked to be turning a corner two seasons ago when he cracked the 30-point plateau for the first time in his career, but he's been slowly trending the other way since then. For fantasy purposes, he clearly does not boast much value outside of deep formats.
News: Gardiner skated a season-low 12:23 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens, failing to register a point for the eighth time in the past nine games.
Impact: Gardiner's role on the Canes' blue line has been severely diminished since the team added Brady Skjei at the trade deadline, with Skjei averaging 21:25 in the past three games since his arrival, compared to 14:57 for Gardiner. Although he does still see decent minutes on the power play, Gardiner is currently skating on the Canes' bottom defensive pairing with Trevor van Riemsdyk, giving him limited fantasy value in most formats.
News: Dzingel recorded his ninth straight game without a point Saturday against the Canadiens.
Impact: Signing Dzingel to a two-year, $6.75 million contract looked to be a solid move for the Hurricanes earlier in the season, as the 27-year-old Illinois native had a solid first half with 24 points in his first 40 games. However, it's been all downhill since then with just five points in his last 22 contests. Furthermore, he's been shifted from a top-six role to checking-line status, and he was a healthy scratch twice during the month of February. Bottom line, Dzingel's fantasy stock is falling fast -- feel free to jettison him at this point for a more reliable alternative.
News: Nedeljkovic made 18 saves and allowed one goal in relief in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Saturday.
Impact: He only allowed the OT snipe, which means he takes the loss. Ned is the more talented of the Canes' goaltending duo, but the team will clearly roll with the hot hand while Petr Mrazek and James Reimer are out. Nedeljkovic and Anton Forsberg need to be owned together to keep your team ready to adjust to the prevailing winds in Raleigh.
News: Forsberg was pulled in the second period of Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal after allowing three goals on 20 shots.
Impact: He got the yank at 4:03 of the second after giving up two goals in 17 seconds. Forsberg was replaced by Alex Nedeljkovic, who made 18 saves in relief in a 4-3 overtime loss. The Canes are going to roll with the hot hand in the blue paint, so you need to own both guys. But neither is an ideal choice.
News: Edmundson scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Edmundson now has a new career high in points with 19 ( six goals, 13 assists). He delivers only occasional offense, so his fantasy value sits in hits (106).
News: Forsberg is expected to start Saturday's road game versus the Canadiens, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: With both Petr Mrazek (concussion) and James Reimer (lower body) out, it's Forsberg who will get the start on the second half of a back-to-back. He stopped 29 of 32 shots in a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Friday. Montreal has only three wins in its last 10 games and owns a 13-16-6 record at home in 2019-20, so this is a good matchup for Forsberg.
News: Aho picked up two assists in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: He set up Teuvo Teravainen for both of Carolina's goals, extending his point streak to 14 games in the process -- the longest streak in franchise history since the move from Hartford in 1997. Aho has piled up 12 goals and 21 points during that stretch, and the 22-year-old appears headed for another 80-point campaign.
News: Teravainen scored both goals in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: His two third-period tallies nearly earned the Canes a point in the standings, but Samuel Girard found a game-winner for the Avs late in the frame. Teravainen's production had fallen off a bit lately, as he's managed only four goals and nine points through 12 games in February, but Friday's effort may be a sign the 25-year-old is about heat up again.
News: Forsberg stopped 29 shots in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Making his first NHL start since March 2017 when he was a Blackhawk, Forsberg didn't play badly but got hurt by some defensive zone breakdowns by the Hurricanes. The 27-year-old will split starts with Alex Nedeljkovic until Petr Mrazek (concussion) or James Reimer (lower body) are able to return to action.