The Carolina Hurricanes have been playing better as their general health has improved, but they’ll be missing some pieces against the Boston Bruins this afternoon. Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison can’t play against Boston, according to Michael Smith of the team website.
Semin, 30, is dealing with an upper-body injury. It’s been a rough season for the Russian winger, although he was showing signs of improvement with a recent three-game assist streak. He’s often been labeled “injury prone,” so there’s the concern that this could be an issue that lingers.
Harrison, 32, is averaging 18:08 minutes per game this season, up from 16:38 per contest in 2013-14. He has three points in 13 games in 2014-15.
One positive note: rising young forward Elias Lindholm will be able to play, according to Smith. There was some concern that the 19-year-old might miss today’s action with a foot issue.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson caught Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty with a huge open ice hit during the third period tonight.
The hit appeared to be from the blind side and Johnson received a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Tlusty left the game and did not return.
Johnson could be hearing from Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal, as the hit was textbook in terms of what the league is trying to remove from the game.
According to reports, Carolina Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner has left the team’s preseason game this afternoon after taking an elbow to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.
Here’s a look at the play (h/t @Bryan_mac39):
The hit occurred in the first period. Niskanen was not penalized.
Skinner left the game and it has been reported he will not return due to an upper body injury.
Sunday’s news is not good considering Skinner has a history of concussion problems.
It has been a brutal preseason for the Canes who lost their second line center Jordan Staal for 3-4 months in September after an awkward collision with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges.
Sunday marks the final day of the NHL preseason schedule with the games getting going for real Oct. 8.