GLENDALE, AZ. – Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour offered health updates on three players following morning skate in Arizona Monday.
Captain Jordan Staal is considered day-to-day after being hit by Cale Makar Saturday night in Denver. #11 left the game during the third period and did not return. Staal did skate with his teammates ahead of the meeting with the Coyotes, however will not play.
“It’s a good sign. We never knew what was going to happen after that game and I think we’re day-to-day with him,” Brind’Amour offered to begin his trio of updates.
Staal will be one of two forwards out of the lineup to start the week, as Jesperi Kotkaniemi is also day-to-day.
“He kind of got nicked up again, so he’s not 100%. I don’t envision him being out too long,” Brind’Amour said. Kotkaniemi just returned to the lineup Thursday against Detroit after missing eight games due to a lower-body injury that he suffered on Monday, March 28 against Washington.
The most severe update of the three came in regard to goaltender Frederik Andersen, who had to be helped off the ice with under five minutes to go on Saturday against the Avalanche. The All-Star netminder went down after stopping a shot, in very clear lower-body pain.
“That’ll be probably reevaluated in about a week,” Brind’Amour concluded with. “We’ll get a sense of where he’s at then.”
With Andersen expected to be out of the lineup for a few days, Pyotr Kochetkov was emergency recalled from Chicago (AHL) on Sunday. Kochetkov was in the net opposite Antti Raanta at morning skate, joining his new teammates for the first time after arriving in Phoenix yesterday afternoon.
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Carolina’s 2019 second round draft pick will wear #52 with Carolina and brings much buzz to the club after starting his tenure in the American Hockey League with a record of 13-1-1.
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