Injuries sideline Hurricanes’ Semin, Harrison vs. Bruins

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.

Video: Johnson with an illegal check to the head on Tlusty (Updated)


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.


Report: Skinner leaves preseason game with upper body injury


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.


Jordan Staal surgery goes ‘as expected’


Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal underwent surgery to repair a fractured fibula Friday morning the club announced.

The recovery period for Staal, 26, remains three to four months.

Staal suffered the injury Tuesday night in Buffalo when he was tangled up with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges.

The former Pittsburgh Penguins first-round pick had the procedure done at Raleigh Orthopaedic.

Related: Pondering Carolina’s outlook without Jordan Staal

Carolina is ‘concerned’ about Jordan Staal, who was helped off the ice


Updates: Not a great first sign – he was on crutches in the locker room, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Michael Smith of the team’s website reports that head coach Bill Peters admits that he’s “concerned” about Staal’s condition.

Of course, Staal being in a cast isn’t a great sign either way. We’ll probably find out more later this week.


The Carolina Hurricanes must be crossing their fingers on Tuesday night as Jordan Staal suffered a lower-body injury after a collision with Buffalo Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in a preseason contest. Various reporters on hand describe a worrisome scene:

The Hurricanes lost to the Sabres, but obviously the bigger problem would be if Staal, 26, misses significant time because of this unfortunate fall. It’s too early to tell if this is a major issue, as the injury happened late in the contest.

Staal played every game the past two seasons for a Hurricanes team that’s faced some serious injury headaches, so this would be a tough setback for everyone involved.