The Carolina Hurricanes close out their six-game road trip on Tuesday, as they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Forward Andrei Svechnikov has missed all six games of the season and both Sebastian Aho and Freddie Andersen were absent for a majority of the west coast trip.
In addition, Brett Pesce missed Saturday night’s contest in Denver against the Avalanche with a lower-body injury.
On Monday, Rod Brind’Amour provided an update on the injured Hurricanes and here’s what we know so far.
- Sebastian Aho’s availability for tomorrow night’s contest is uncertain, but he is believed to be close to returning.
- Andrei Svechnikov will not play, but Monday’s practice was his first without the yellow non-contact sweater. He also took a puck to the face in practice and will require stitches.
- While Pyotr Kochetkov was transferred back to the Syracuse Crunch after two appearances and one start, goaltender Freddie Andersen still does not have a return date according to Rod Brind’Amour
- Brett Pesce is not expected to have suffered a long-term injury and he was re-evaluated today.
“Everything’s kind of worked against us here lately,” said Rod Brind’Amour after Monday’s practice. “There’s a lot of things going on that add to [us] not looking right. I don’t want to get looking at this group and thinking that there are a bunch of things going wrong until we have the group.”
Brind’Amour did not specify whether or not any roster moves will be made ahead of tomorrow’s matchup in Tampa Bay, but, with both Kochetkov and Callahan Burke having been assigned back to their respective AHL teams and multiple players potentially unavailable, it would not be surprising if moves are made.
For the Hurricanes who are unable to go on Tuesday, their next opportunity to return to action will be on either Thursday or Friday, when Carolina hosts Seattle and San Jose in back-to-back fashion.
Puck drop for Tuesday is set for 7:00pm EST.