Carolina Hurricanes Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Anton Khudobin, G12/23/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin allowed just one goal and picked up a shootout victory over the Devils on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin stopped 18-of-19 shots in regulation and overtime then didn't allow a score in the shootout. The victory is Khudobin's first in 11 games this season.
Cam Ward, G12/20/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward took the shootout loss Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: He made 32 saves on 34 shots, and allowed only one goal in the shootout, but that was enough to take the loss. Ward is now 9-13-1 on the season.
Jeff Skinner, LW12/20/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner scored a goal during Saturday's shootout loss to the Rangers.
Insight: He also had five shots on goal and a plus-one rating. Skinner has picked it up of late, and now has eight goals and 16 points through 28 games.
Justin Faulk, D12/18/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's, 4-1, victory against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Faulk scored a fair among for a defeseman on a bad team, but he has a horrible plus/minus. Faulk has six goals, 13 assists and a minus-12 rating in 31 games this season.
Cam Ward, G12/18/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 25 saves in the, 4-1, victory over the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Insight: Ward stopped 25-of-26 shots against Toronto for his ninth victory of the season. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Ward.
Cam Ward, G12/16/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed four goals during Tuesday's loss to the Canadiens.
Insight: He faced 29 shots on goal and dropped his record to 8-12-1 overall. There are better options out there.
Eric Staal, C12/13/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored the team's lone goal during Saturday's loss to the Flyers.
Insight: He also had six shots on goal and a minus-one rating. Staal has been disappointing this season, and now has seven goals, 16 points, and a minus-11 rating overall.
Cam Ward, G12/11/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward took a tough loss Thursday against the Lightning.
Insight: He allowed two goals on 27 shots, including the game-winner with 31 seconds left in the game. Ward is now 8-11-1 on the season.
Eric Staal, C12/10/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal didn't practice on Wednesday, but he should be ready to suit up on Thursday against Tampa Bay according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: It appears Staal's foot is still bothering him a bit. He played 19 minutes and had two shots in the game on Monday. Staal has six goals and nine assists with a minus-nine rating this season.
Justin Faulk, D12/8/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk scored a goal in the, 2-1, loss to the Devils on Monday.
Insight: Faulk has four goals and 12 assists this season. He led all Carolina defensemen with three shots on goal.
Anton Khudobin, G12/4/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin had a good game playing for the injured Cam Ward.
Insight: Khudobin stopped 26-of-28 shots for a .929 save percentage in the game against the Capitals. Unfortunately for Khudobin, the Hurricanes scored just one goal and lost, 2-1. Khudobin is still looking for his first victory this season.
Cam Ward, G12/2/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward stopped 32-of-33 shots on goal, in Tuesday's win over Nashville.
Insight: He is now 8-8-1 on the season, and continues to hold down Carolina's top goaltending spot.
Jeff Skinner, LW12/2/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner recorded two points in Carolina's 2-1 victory over the Predators.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Skinner now has 13 points in 20 games.
Justin Faulk, D11/29/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's loss to the Penguins.
Insight: Faulk opened the scoring, but Pittsburgh answered with two goals in the next two minutes. Each team added a goal in the third period as the Penguins won, 3-2. Faulk has three goals and 13 assists this season.
Jiri Tlusty, C11/28/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals on Friday in a, 4-2, victory over the Penguins.
Insight: Tlusty notched an unassisted goal with about four minutes left in the first period and then scored an empty-net goal on the power play. Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals this season.
Cam Ward, G11/28/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed two goals in a victory over the Penguins on Friday.
Insight: Carolina was the better team the entire game, outshooting Pittsburgh, 35-22, but Ward made a huge save on a delayed penalty call early in the first period to keep the game scoreless. While sliding to his left, Ward swatted away Blake Comeau's shot with his stick. Carolina also killed the penalty, which was the only Pittsburgh power play of the game. Ward is 7-8-1 this season but is playing much better in November. He had a .928 save percentage coming into the game and is now 7-5-0 this month.
Cam Ward, G11/26/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward played well in Wednesday's loss to Florida.
Insight: He made 27 saves on 28 shots, but it wasn't enough. Ward is now 6-8-1 on the season.
Cam Ward, G11/23/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed four goals during Saturday's loss to Colorado.
Insight: He faced 35 total shots, but could not get the job done. Ward is now an underwhelming 6-7-1 with a 2.72 GAA and .903 save percentage.
Jeff Skinner, LW11/23/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner notched two assists in a losing effort to Colorado.
Insight: He has recorded at least one point in his past three games, and now has 11 points through 16 games. It looks like Skinner is starting to heat up, so owners need to be aware.
Alexander Semin, RW11/20/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin is not expected to play Thursday.
Insight: Semin has struggled so far this season, before missing the last two games. He's still without a goal after hitting the back of the net 22 times last season and has five assists in 13 games.
Cam Ward, G11/19/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed four goals, but received a win Tuesday against Dallas.
Insight: He stopped 23-of-27 shots on goal, and raised his record to 6-5-1. Ward now has a 2.57 GAA and .903 save percentage.
Eric Staal, C11/19/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal recorded three points in Tuesday's win over the Stars.
Insight: He had two goals and one assist, along with four shots on goal and a +1 rating. Staal now has 11 points through 13 games, but is also -5 overall.
Alexander Semin, RW11/18/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas while dealing with an upper body injury.
Insight: Semin has struggled so far this season, before missing the last two games. He's still without a goal after hitting the back of the net 22 times last season and has five assists in 13 games.
Cam Ward, G11/15/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 23 saves in Saturday's loss to the Bruins.
Insight: He faced 25 shots on goal, and fell to 5-5-1 on the season.
Jiri Tlusty, C11/15/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss to Boston
Insight: He also had four shots on goal, and now has seven goals and nine points on the season, but is also minus-six overall.
Cam Ward, G11/13/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward played well, but took the loss Wednesday to the Jets.
Insight: He stopped 34-of-36 shots on goal, but it was not enough, as Carolina fell 3-1. Ward is now 5-4-1 on the season. Elias Lindholm scored the team's lone goal.
Cam Ward, G11/10/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed just one goal on 23 shots to capture a victory against the Flames.
Insight: The victory is Ward's fifth of the season. He made 22 saves and posted a .957 save percentage.
Justin Faulk, D11/10/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk scored a goal and two assists against the Flames on Monday.
Insight: It was Faulk's second goal of the season. He has 10 points in 14 games with a minus-four rating.
Brett Bellemore, D11/10/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore will miss Monday's game against Calgary due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Bellemore did practice Monday morning. He has two assists in eight games this season and has yet to prove he's fantasy worthy.
Riley Nash, C11/9/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes center Riley Nash scored in Saturday's loss to Washington.
Insight: He also had an assist, and now has 10 points overall in 13 games. If Nash is still on waiver wires, pick him up.
Alexander Semin, RW11/9/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin had an assist Saturday, but is still searching for his first goal of the season.
Insight: Semin's inconsistency continues to plague him and the team, and he now has only 4 points and a rough -7 rating overall. Owners should not expect him to get going anytime soon.
Eric Staal, C11/8/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal extended his point streak to three games.
Insight: He scored his third goal of the season, and now has seven points overall. Staal looks to be in fine form after missing some time due to injury.
Anton Khudobin, G11/8/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin will start on Saturday.
Insight: Khudobin hasn't played in over two weeks, so Carolina is probably giving him a start so he can avoid getting rusty. In training camp, Khudobin was expected to compete with Cam Ward for the starting job, but Ward clearly has the edge through the first month.
Cam Ward, G11/7/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward stoped 29 shots to defeat the Blue Jackers on Friday, 3-2, in overtime.
Insight: Ward is now 4-3-1. He has a decent GAA average, but if you want to sell Ward, now is the time to sell high.
Elias Lindholm, C11/7/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm scored the game-winning goal on Friday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Lindholm scored on the power play with under a minute left in overtime. The assist came from Eric Staal. Carolina and Columbus are now tied at the bottom of the Metropolitan division with eight points.
Cam Ward, G11/4/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward picked up his second consecutive win, Tuesday versus Columbus.
Insight: He wasn't heavily tested, stopping 17-of-19 shots on goal. Ward is now 3-3-1, and is in line to make more starts, moving forward.
Eric Staal, C11/4/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored his second goal of the season.
Insight: He was also +1 with two shots on goal. Look for Staal to get rolling.
Cam Ward, G11/1/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward recorded his first shutout of the season on Saturday.
Insight: It was also Ward, and Carolina's, first win of the season. Ward stopped all 25 shots he faced.
Elias Lindholm, C11/1/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm led Carolina to its first victory of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Lindholm scored two goals, his first two of the season, in the first period to give Carolina an early lead. Jiri Tlusty added a power-play goal to add insurance, and Carolina won, 3-0. Lindholm was plus-two with four shots on goal.
Alexander Semin, RW10/31/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin will most likely be a healthy scratch on Saturday.
Insight: He has been an inconsistent player throughout his career, and head coach Bill Peters stated that Semin "isn't playing with the pace the league is at." That is a pretty big shot given, but it is warranted, as Semin has only two points, and is -7 through eight games. Carolina is paying him $7 million annually through the 2017-18 season.
Jiri Tlusty, C10/29/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty continues to be productive despite his horrible team.
Insight: Tlusty scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday. He has seven points this season, but he is minus-three, mostly due to the fact his team has yet to win a game. Carolina is 0-6-2.
Eric Staal, C10/28/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal has been activated off the injured reserve list.
Insight: Staal has missed the last five games. Carolina needs him back desperately as the team has yet to win a game this season.
Eric Staal, C10/27/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal has called himself ready to play.
Insight: He said he would play against the Canucks on Tuesday. Staal had a goal and an assist in two games before going out with an upper-body injury.
Anton Khudobin, G10/25/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin is still looking for his first victory this season.
Insight: Khudobin stopped 23 shots on Friday and allowed five goals against the Oilers. Khudobin is 0-3-1 with a 3.24 GAA and .891 save percentage.
Riley Nash, C10/25/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes center Riley Nash scored in the second period to tie Friday's game against the Oilers at one.
Insight: The goal was Nash's second of the season. Both teams scored one more time in the second period, so the game was tied, 2-2, but Edmonton scored four goals in the third period to win, 6-3.
Jiri Tlusty, C10/21/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
Insight: If owners need a goal-scoring option, Tlusty may be on waivers. Now would be a good time to make a move for him.
Anton Khudobin, G10/16/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin played well in a shootout loss to the Rangers.
Insight: He gave up only one goal on 34 shots, and is making a case for more playing time. Him and Cam Ward are essentially playing every other game, however starts like this one could help Khudobin separate himself.
Andrej Sekera, D10/16/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday's game against the Sabres and won't play Thursday.
Insight: Sekera tripped over his own goalie's stick, trying to prevent Buffalo's first score. Consider him day-to-day. He has two assists in three games after scoring 44 points last season, the best of his career.
Jordan Staal, C10/16/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (broken right fibula) has a 3-4 month timetable for his return.
Insight: He's no Eric Staal, but fantasy owners will miss his 40-50 points a season.
Jeff Skinner, LW10/16/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will miss Thursday's game, but should be ready for next Tuesday.
Insight: Coach Bill Peters said Skinner is "real close" to returning. He scored 33 goals and added 21 assists in 71 games last season.
Jeff Skinner, LW10/15/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner skated at practice on Wednesday according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Coach Bill Peters said Skinner is "real close" to returning. He could be ready as early as Thursday against the Rangers.
Chris Terry, LW10/14/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes left winger Chris Terry scored a goal and added an assist as Carolina lost to Buffalo in a shootout, 4-3.
Insight: Terry scored his second goal of the season on a wrist shot in the third period. That was his only shot on net, and he was plus-two. Terry also scored Carolina's only shooutout goal in eight rounds as Buffalo finally ended the tie on Zemgus Girgensons' score.
Andrej Sekera, D10/14/2014 8:57:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday's game against the Sabres and will not return according to the News Observer.
Insight: Sekera tripped over his own goalie's stick, trying to prevent Buffalo's first score. Consider him day-to-day.
Alexander Semin, RW10/11/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin posted his first two points of the season assisting on two of Jiri Tlusty's three goals.
Insight: Semin used to be a 75-80 point a season guy in Washington and posted 44 points in 44 games back in 2012 for Carolina so we know he can still do it. The real question is can he stay healthy.
Jiri Tlusty, C10/11/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty was a busy guy Saturday night taking five shots and scoring on three of them.
Insight: Tlusty has been a solid player the last few seasons, but his 30-38 point totals haven't excited fantasy owners. Let's see if he can continue to play at this level going forward.
Cam Ward, G10/10/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed five goals on 26 shots on opening night against the Islanders.
Insight: Ward is battling Anton Khudobin for minutes between the pipes and this performance does not bode well for Ward staying in front of Khudobin on the depth chart. The Hurricanes and Islanders play again on Long Island Saturday, so expect Khudobin to start.
Eric Staal, C10/10/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored a garbage-time goal on opening night against the Islanders.
Insight: Carolina trailed New York at one point, 5-1, but Chris Terry and Staal scored with under six minutes to go in the third period to cut the deficit in half. The Hurricanes would get no closer. Staal had the goal, three shots on net and was minus-one.
Andrej Sekera, D10/10/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera had two assists on opening night against the Islanders.
Insight: Sekera had two shots on goal as well. He had the second helper on Nathan Gerbe's power play goal to get Carolina on the board and the primary assist on Chris Terry's slap shot goal at the 14:20 mark of the third period. New York won, however, 5-3.
Cam Ward, G10/9/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will start the team's opening game on Friday.
Insight: Carolina will take on the New York Islanders in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday. Expect Anton Khudobin to start on Saturday.
Jeff Skinner, LW10/7/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will likely miss the start of the season after being diagnosed with a concussion, according to the team's site.
Insight: Skinner has a history in this area, so the team will likely be cautious. He had a career-high 33 goals last year as a second liner.
Elias Lindholm, C9/25/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: 19-year-old Elias Lindholm has moved to center to fill the void left by the injured Jordan Staal.
Insight: New coach Bill Peters was already moving his forwards around, trying out several different combinations and the injury to Staal will only further cause Peters to move players into different positions. He tested Lindholm out on a line with Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlusty. That would be a good line for Lindholm, but even if he doesn't play with those guys, he shoud see an increase of production in his second year.
Jordan Staal, C9/25/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis announced that center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower part of his right left during Tuesday's preseason game against Buffalo according to NHL.com.
Insight: Staal was traveling back to Raleigh to undergo further tests. We do not yet know the extent of the injury. Regardless, this is terrible news.
Justin Faulk, D9/23/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes coach Bill Peters may be juggling his offensive lines, but he has the perfect top defensive line in Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera.
Insight: Faulk and Sekera compliment each other extremely well both offensively and defensively. Sekera will likely lead the duo in goals and points, but Faulk should be on your fantasy radar as well. We project him to get around 35 points.
Andrej Sekera, D9/23/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera was a huge bright spot for Carolina last season.
Insight: In his first season in Carolina, Sekera nearly scored more goals than he had in his previous four seasons in Buffalo. He had 11 goals, 44 points and managed a plus-4 on a team that really struggled on defense. Paired with Justin Faulk once again, Sekera can prove that those numbers were no fluke.
Jiri Tlusty, C9/23/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty may not play on the top line this season.
Insight: Everything is up in the air in Carolina due to the new head coach in Bill Peters. Tlusty has been a solid fantasy player the last few seasons, but he is heavily reliant on playing with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. If that does not happen, he could be moved to the third line, where fantasy hockey players go to die.
Alexander Semin, RW9/23/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: It is hard to know what to expect from Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin this season.
Insight: Semin scored 44 points in the same number of games in his first season with Carolina, but scored just 42 points in 65 games last season. There is a good chance that a concussion in December of 2013 severely slowed his production. New head coach Bill Peters has jumbled the lines in preseason, so there is no guarantee that Semin again plays on the top line. If he is on the top line, Semin is a solid mid-round pick otherwise, there is some risk involved.
Jordan Staal, C9/23/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes new coach Bill Peters is considering playing the Staal brothers on the same line according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Peters also had Eric Staal playing alongside Jeff Skinner and second-year player Elias Lindholm, so obviously Peters is thinking of every possible combination. If the Staal brothers do play together, that will provide a huge boost for Jordan's fantasy value. In all likelihood, Eric will play with Skinner or his mates from last season, Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin.
Elias Lindholm, C9/23/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: The Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to make major strides in his second season in the league.
Insight: The 19-year-old scored nine goals and 12 assists as a rookie last season. Captain Eric Staal said he thinks Lindholm improved as the season went along. With new head coach Bill Peters, it is possible Lindholm sees some time on the top line with Staal. That would make him a tremendous steal late in drafts.
Jeff Skinner, LW9/23/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will threaten to score 30 goals again this season.
Insight: Skinner had a career-high 33 goals last year as a second liner. At the start of training camp, he was playing alongside top centerman Eric Staal. If he stays on the top line, the expectations for Skinner rise dramatically.
Eric Staal, C9/23/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal started training camp at center in between wingers Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Carolina coach Bill Peters said do not read into the early season combinations, but fantasy owners like what they see so far. Skinner could again lead Carolina in goals and Lindholm has tremendous potential, being the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft. Expect Staal to lead the team with around 65 points.
Alexander Semin, RW8/21/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins.
Insight: "He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told," Francis said. A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season surgery to his wrist, which had been nagging him since the beginning of last year. Francis expects that to be a thing of the past.
Eric Staal, C7/30/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com.
Insight: GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Alexander Semin, RW4/14/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin will undergo wrist surgery, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Semin (22 G, 20 A) missed the final two games due to the injury. The 30-year-old had two fewer points in 65 games this season than he had in 44 games in 2012-13.
Eric Staal, C4/13/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal ended a disappointing season on a high note with two goals Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: It was Staal's first multi-goal game since Jan. 27. The center had 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games this season, his least for a non-lockout season since his rookie year in 2003-04.
Jeff Skinner, LW4/13/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner's two goals on Sunday gave him a career-high 33.
Insight: The 21-year-old Skinner had 31 goals as a rookie in 2010-11 and came into Sunday's finale with 31. He'll finish with 54 points and 274 SOG in 71 contests.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/11/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty has scored a goal in two straight games since he returned from an upper-body injury.
Insight: Tlusty (16 G, 12 A) hasn't done much this season but he has scored seven goals over his last 14 games.
Nathan Gerbe, LW4/11/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes left wing Nathan Gerbe (undisclosed) is back in the lineup Friday, according to Brian Hedger of nhl.com.
Insight: Gerbe sat out of Thursday's game. He has 16 goals, 15 assists and 217 SOG this season.
Alexander Semin, RW4/11/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (undisclosed) will miss the final two games of the season, according to Mike Maniscalco of wralsportsfan.com.
Insight: Semin (22 G, 20 A) has two fewer points in 65 games this season than he had in 44 games last season. No word on what's keeping him out.
Andrej Sekera, D4/11/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will sit out again Friday, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Sekera last played on April 1 against the Penguins. The 27-year-old has set career highs with 11 goals, 33 assists (44 points) and 142 SOG this season, but he may be done for the season.
Andrej Sekera, D4/10/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will not play Thursday, according to Michael Smith of the team's official website.
Insight: Sekera last played on April 1 against the Penguins. The 27-year-old has set career highs with 11 goals, 33 assists (44 points) and 142 SOG this season.
Nathan Gerbe, LW4/10/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes left wing Nathan Gerbe (undisclosed) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Capitals, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Gerbe sat out of Wednesday's practice for maintenance. He has 16 goals, 15 assists and 217 SOG this season.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/10/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty (upper body) is probable for Thursday's game, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) returned to practice Monday but sat out again Tuesday.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/8/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty (upper body) missed his fourth straight game Tuesday.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) practiced Monday but wasn't ready to go.
Andrej Sekera, D4/8/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera (lower body) will miss Tuesday's game against the Rangers, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Sekera last played on April 1 against the Penguins. The 27-year-old has set career highs with 11 goals, 33 assists (44 points) and 142 SOG this season.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/8/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty (upper body) could be back Tuesday against the Rangers, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) missed the last three games but practiced Monday.
Drayson Bowman, LW4/8/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Drayson Bowman (illness) is expected to play Tuesday against the Rangers, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Bowman (4 G, 7 A) missed the last two games due to illness.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/3/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty missed Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury and is questionable for Thursday's game against Dallas.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) left Monday's game early due to the ailment.
Andrei Loktionov, C4/3/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov should be available Thursday against Dallas.
Insight: Loktionov left Monday's game with a lower-body injury. He has recorded three goals and three assists in 13 games with the 'Canes after picking up just four goals and eight assists in 48 games with the Devils. Loktionov has been playing with Eric Staal on the team's top line.
Elias Lindholm, C4/1/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm scored two goals Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: The 19-year-old 2013 fifth-overall pick was credited with the game-winner. He has eight goals and 11 assists in 52 games this season.
Andrei Loktionov, C4/1/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov was available Tuesday against the Penguins.
Insight: Loktionov left Monday's game with a lower-body injury. He has recorded three goals and three assists in 13 games with the 'Canes after picking up just four goals and eight assists in 48 games with the Devils. Loktionov has been playing with Eric Staal on the team's top line.
Alexander Semin, RW4/1/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin missed Tuesday's game due to an illness.
Insight: Semin (22 G, 20 A) has two fewer points in 62 games this season than he had in 44 games last season. He'll probably be back Thursday against Dallas.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/1/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty missed Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) left Monday's game early due to the ailment.
Andrei Loktionov, C4/1/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov left Monday's game with a lower-body injury and is questionable for Tuesday against the Penguins, according to Michael Smith of hurricanes.nhl.com.
Insight: Loktionov has recorded three goals and three assists in 13 games with the 'Canes after picking up just four goals and eight assists in 48 games with the Devils. He has been playing with Eric Staal on the team's top line.
Jiri Tlusty, C4/1/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty left Monday's game with an upper-body injury, according to Michael Smith of hurricanes.nhl.com.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Penguins.
Jiri Tlusty, C3/27/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty has scored five goals in March after potting just nine the entire season going into the month.
Insight: Tlusty (14 G, 12 A) had his first multi-goal game since Dec. 21 Thursday against the Panthers.
Justin Faulk, D3/24/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Canes defenseman Justin Faulk has agreed to a six-year, $29 million contract extension. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: He'll be under contract until 2020. The 22-year-old has three goals and 21 assists this season.
Jordan Staal, CHot3/22/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal scored his 15th goal of the season Saturday at Winnipeg.
Insight: Staal didn't have a point in his previous two games after picking up at least one in six straight. He has 37 points in 71 games this season.
Eric Staal, C3/22/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal scored his first goal of March Saturday against the Jets.
Insight: Staal had seven assists in his first 11 games this month. The center has not had a great season by his standards -- 55 points (17 goals) in 68 games. He managed 18 goals and 53 points in 48 games last season and had at least 70 points in seven consecutive seasons before that. With 11 games remaining, Staal will need an extraordinary finish to reach 70 this season.
Jiri Tlusty, C3/22/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty (lower body) returned to the lineup Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Tlusty missed two straight games. His numbers are down significantly from last season, when he had 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 60 contests this season. The 'Canes play at Winnipeg on Saturday and Tlusty should be in the lineup again.
Alexander Semin, RW3/21/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Alexander Semin netted both Hurricanes goals Friday in a loss to Chicago.
Insight: It's Semin's third multi-goal effort of the season. He's now logged at least 22 minutes in each of his last six contests. Semin and the Canes will be back in action Saturday night in Winnipeg.
Elias Lindholm, C3/21/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm missed Tuesday's game with an illness and is questionable for Friday's game against Chicago.
Insight: The 19-year-old 2013 fifth-overall pick has recorded six goals and 10 assists this season, which keeps him off fantasy radar screens.
Jiri Tlusty, C3/21/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty (lower body) missed a second straight game Tuesday and is questionable for Friday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Tlusty's numbers are down significantly from last season, when he had 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 59 contests this season.
Justin Faulk, D3/21/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk missed Tuesday's game due to illness and is questionable for Friday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Faulk (3 G, 21 A) returned from an upper-body injury that kept him out for two weeks on Saturday and had played the last two games, before illness struck. He's a decent blueliner, though a -3 rating hurts his value.
Anton Khudobin, GHot3/18/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin led the Hurricanes to a 3-1 win by making 46 saves Tuesday night against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: The 'Canes only managed 20 SOG against Columbus but scored on three of them. Khudobin has rebounded from his worst start of the season on March 8 (four goals against on 22 shots in 33 minutes) by giving up just three goals on 80 shots his last two games.
Elias Lindholm, C3/18/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm missed Tuesday's game with an illness.
Insight: The 19-year-old 2013 fifth-overall pick has recorded two goals and four points in his last seven games but just six goals and 16 points in 45 games this season.
Justin Faulk, D3/18/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk missed Tuesday's game due to illness.
Insight: Faulk (3 G, 21 A) returned from an upper-body injury that kept him out for two weeks on Saturday and played the last two games. He should be back Friday at Chicago.
Jiri Tlusty, C3/17/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty (lower body) will miss a second straight game Tuesday, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Tlusty's numbers are down significantly from last season, when he had 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 59 contests this season.
Jordan Staal, CHot3/16/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal extended his points streak to six games with a goal Sunday against Edmonton.
Insight: Staal (14 G, 22 A) had just 27 points over his first 62 games this season, but he's delivered nine in his last six.
Jiri Tlusty, C3/16/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty sat out Sunday for an undisclosed reason.
Insight: Tlusty's numbers are down significantly from last season, when he had 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 59 contests this season.
Justin Faulk, D3/14/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk (upper body) could be back Saturday against the Bruins, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Faulk (3 G, 20 A) has been out since March 2 with an upper-body injury.
Jeff Skinner, LWHot3/13/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner was extremely active Thursday against Buffalo, accounting for 13 shots on goal and one goal.
Insight: The streaky scorer has provided fantasy owners with a point in four straight games (three goals) as well as 26 SOG in that span. The 21-year-old has 26 goals, 18 assists and a career-high 224 SOG in 55 games.
Alexander Semin, RWHot3/13/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin extended his points streak to six games with a goal and an assist Thursday against the Sabres.
Insight: Team Russia's disappointing finish in the Sochi Olympics apparently lit a fire under Semin, who has recorded nine points (four goals) in eight games since the NHL resumed its schedule. He has raised his points total to 38 in 53 games.
Justin Faulk, D3/13/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk (upper body) is questionable for Thursday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: He was expected to miss about 10 days and that ends today. Faulk (3 G, 20 A) suffered a blow to the head, but it was never called a concussion.
John-Michael Liles, D3/13/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles missed Tuesday's game due to an upper body injury and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: He's totaled just four points and six PIM in 28 games this season. Liles had many good fantasy seasons with Colorado from 2003-2011 posting 30 or more points in seven straight seasons, but he's been a non-factor in Toronto and Carolina.
Jiri Tlusty, C3/11/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty had a goal and an assist Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Tlusty had 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games last season but that turned out to be an aberration. He has just 11 goals and 21 points in 57 games this season and zero 40-point years in his seven NHL seasons.
Jordan Staal, C3/11/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal had two points (one goal, one assist) Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Staal wasn't very productive in his first season with Carolina (31 points in 48 games) and he's been even less so this season, posting 13 goals and 32 points in 65 games.
Eric Staal, C3/11/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal (illness) will play Tuesday against the Rangers after missing practice with an illness on Monday, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Staal has come upwith four points in seven games since the Olympic break ended.
John-Michael Liles, D3/10/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles is questionable for Tuesday's game against NY Rangers due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Liles had many good fantasy seasons with Colorado from 2003-2011 posting 30 or more points in seven straight seasons, but he's been a non-factor in Toronto and Carolina. He's totaled just four points and six PIM in 28 games this season.
Jeff Skinner, LW3/8/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner has scored a goal in two straight games after failing to pick one up in his previous eight.
Insight: We've seen what Skinner (25 G, 17 A) can do when he gets hot, as he had 18 goals in 19 games from Nov. 29 to Jan. 9. Make sure he's plugged into your lineup.
Alexander Semin, RWHot3/8/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin extended his points streak to four games with a goal and an assist Saturday at New Jersey.
Insight: He's produced six points in six games since the Olympic break ended and has 17 goals, 18 assists and 161 SOG in 51 games.
Anton Khudobin, GHot3/5/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin still hasn't allowed more than three goals in any game this season.
Insight: Khudobin received a two-year contract extension from the Hurricanes on Tuesday and then allowed just two goals on 37 shots in an overtime win at San Jose. He's 14-8-0 with a 2.16 GAA and a .928 SV% this season and should start the majority of Carolina's games for the rest of the season.
Justin Faulk, D3/3/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk (upper body) will miss about 10 days, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Faulk (3 G, 20 A) suffered the injury Sunday against the Ducks. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said it is not a concussion.
Alexander Semin, RW3/1/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin (15 G, 15 A in 47 games) is questionable for Saturday's game against Los Angeles due to a lower body injury, according to a Raleigh News and Observer.
Insight: Semin's scoring per game is down from last season when he put up a one-point-per-game average.
Eric Staal, C2/25/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal went into the Olympic break with just one point in his last five games, but he scored a goal Tuesday against Buffalo in the Hurricanes' first game back.
Insight: Staal has been very good in all months of the season but he takes his game to a higher level in March and April. In his career, he has generated 176 points over 179 games in those two months, so fantasy owners have that to look forward to.
Alexander Semin, RW2/25/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Canes right wing Alexander Semin scored his 15th goal of the season Tuesday against Buffalo.
Insight: Semin is scoring goals and shooting just as much as he did last season but his assists are way behind, which explains why he has just 30 points in 46 games after registering 44 in 44 last season.
John-Michael Liles, D2/25/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles is questionable for Tuesday's game against Buffalo due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Liles had many good fantasy seasons with Colorado from 2003-2011, but he's been a nonfactor since. He's totaled just two points and four PIM in 22 games this season.
John-Michael Liles, D2/8/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles is questionable for Saturday's game against Montreal.
Insight: Liles had many good fantasy seasons with Colorado from 2003-2011, but he's been a nonfactor since. He's totaled just two points and four PIM in 22 games this season.
Anton Khudobin, GHot2/4/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin made 25 saves on 27 shots Tuesday against the Jets but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss.
Insight: Cam Ward is now healthy but there's no way the team can pull Khudobin out of the net. He was named the NHL's First Star of January after going 10-4-0 with a 2.19 GAA and a .927 SV% and hasn't allowed more than three goals in any game this season.
Cam Ward, G2/2/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: The Hurricanes recalled Cam Ward from his AHL conditioning stint on Sunday.
Insight: Ward missed Carolina's last 14 games due to a lower-body injury. He has had a terrible season, going 6-7-5 with a 3.15 GAA and a .895 save percentage. The Hurricanes would be crazy to remove Anton Khudobin (12-4-0, 2.16 GAA, .927 SV%), who has gone 5-1 in his last six starts, from the net.
Anton Khudobin, GHot1/31/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin has allowed three goals or less in every game this season.
Insight: Khudobin gave up just one on 28 shots Friday in a win over the Blues. He went 10-4-0 in January. Cam Ward is nearing a return but the Hurricanes would be crazy to pull Khudobin out of the net.
Jeff Skinner, LW1/31/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner has cooled off lately with just three points in his last 10 games.
Insight: His 23rd goal of the season was the game-winner Friday against St. Louis, but he hasn't had a point in back-to-back games since Jan. 5 and 9.
Cam Ward, G1/30/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has been activated from the injured list, but sent to AHL Charlotte to work on his conditioning.
Insight: He's missed 13 games since his last game on Dec. 31. Anton Khudobin has done I good job as his replacement, winning 11 of 15 games with a 2.24 GAA and .915 SV%.
Eric Staal, CHot1/27/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal saved the best for last Monday against Columbus. His two third period goals helped erase a two-goal deficit as the Hurricanes came back to win 3-2.
Insight: His younger brother Jordan scored the game-winner with just under six minutes remaining in the third period. Staal can tie a season-high by extending his points streak to seven games Tuesday against Montreal.
Alexander Semin, RWHot1/23/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Canes right wing Alexander Semin kept his scoring streak alive with two more goals Thursday in a win over Buffalo.
Insight: He's scored at least once in each of his last four games. Before his current hot streak, Semin had just six goals in his previous 34 games.
Drayson Bowman, LW1/21/2014 9:06:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes forward Drayson Bowman is questionable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia after dealing with a lower body injury.
Insight: Bowman's only been able to produce seven points in 42 games with few PIM and a -5 rating and that won't put him on any fantasy owner's radar.
Eric Staal, CHot1/19/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal had his second straight two-point game Sunday against the Lightning.
Insight: Staal sat out three games earlier this month with a lower-body injury, but he's looked good in three games since returning. He has 11 goals and 38 points in 45 games.
Alexander Semin, RW1/19/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Alex Semin has scored three goals on 13 shots the last two games.
Insight: With nine goals in 36 games, Semin isn't far off from last season's pace of 0.30 goals per game, but he only has 12 assists (0.33 apg) after picking up 0.70 assists per game last season.
Alexander Semin, RW1/18/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Alexander Semin anchored the Canes' offense with two goals on Saturday.
Insight: Both goals came in the third period and both were assisted by Eric Staal. Semin's second tally was his fourth career shorthanded goal and his first since the 2010-11 season.
Bryan Allen, D1/17/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Anaheim defenseman Bryan Allen is likely to return on Friday, according to an Orange County Register report.
Insight: He doesn't add much offensively (zero goals, seven assists in 40 games) so has little fantasy value even when healthy.
Patrick Dwyer, RW1/16/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes right wing Patrick Dwyer is probable for Saturday's game against Florida due to a lower body injury.
Insight: The 30-year-old has never had a 20-point season and has 13 points in 43 games this season. Keep looking.
Drayson Bowman, LW1/16/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes forward Drayson Bowman is probable for Saturday's game against Florida after dealing with a lower body injury.
Insight: Bowman's only been able to produce seven points in 42 games with few PIM and a -5 rating and that won't put him on any fantasy owner's radar.
Anton Khudobin, GHot1/13/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Carolina backup goaltender Anton Khudobin (lower body) continues to play well in a substitute role for Cam Ward.
Insight: Khudobin is 4-1 with a 2.00 GAA over his last five games and fantasy owners should continue to ride the wave.
Cam Ward, G1/13/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has missed six games due to a lower-body injury and still has no timetable for return.
Insight: Anton Khudobin has started five of the six games, going 4-1 and yielding 10 goals (2.00 GAA) over the span.
Riley Nash, C1/13/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Carolina center Riley Nash is probable for Monday's game against Calgary after being activated Sunday. He's missed six games due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Nash has four goals, six assists, 19 PIM and 35 SOG in 36 games which isn't enough for a center to be fantasy worthy.
Eric Staal, C1/12/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal (lower body) practiced Sunday. SOURCE: Chip Alexander, Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Staal missed the last three games due to a lower-body injury but may be able to return to the lineup Monday against the Flames.
Jiri Tlusty, C1/12/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty returned to practice Sunday, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Tlusty had an emergency appendectomy Dec. 24 and was given a 2-3 week timetable. He could be back Monday against the Flames.
Eric Staal, C1/8/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal (lower body) will sit out a couple more games, Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. SOURCE: Chip Alexander, Raleigh News & Observer.
Insight: Staal left Saturday's game and sat out Sunday. He would have missed Tuesday's game at Buffalo but it was postponed due to a blizzard. Carolina will play Thursday, Friday and Monday before getting four days off.
Jeff Skinner, LW1/7/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Make sure to get any Hurricanes or Sabres you have out of your lineup. Their game scheduled for Tuesday night in Buffalo has been cancelled. SOURCE: Sabres on Twitter
Insight: Buffalo is being hit by a snowstorm. The two teams haven't decided yet on when they'll make up the game.
Eric Staal, C1/6/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal (lower body) could miss 5-6 days, coach Kirk Muller said. SOURCE: nhl.com
Insight: Staal left Saturday's game and sat out Sunday. The center will likely miss games on Jan. 7, 9 and 10 and is questionable for Jan. 13. Carolina then has four days off before playing again Jan. 18.
Eric Staal, C1/4/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Eric Staal left Saturday's game early after suffering a lower body injury. He won't return. SOURCE: Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press
Insight: He'll finish with two penalty minutes in just under ten minutes of ice time. Staal had recorded at least two points in each of his previous two games. Coincidentally, Carolina won both of those contests.
Jeff Skinner, LWHot1/2/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner came through with a hat trick in Thursday's overtime win over the Capitals. His finally goal ended the game in overtime and gave him 19 on the season.
Insight: Skinner has been a scoring machine since Nov. 29, recording 16 goals with two hat tricks in 16 games.
Cam Ward, G1/2/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will miss at least two games due to a lower-body injury.
Insight: Anton Khudobin will start Thursday in his return from a lower-body injury that kept him out since Oct. 13.
Cam Ward, G1/2/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward is expected to miss Thursday's game against Washington re-agravated a groin injury.
Insight: The Carolina goalie has missed five of the last eight games. He's 6-7-5 with a 3.15 GAA and .895 SV%. With Ward, Justin Peters and Anton Khudobin on the roster there isn't a lot to recommend here.
John-Michael Liles, D1/1/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Carolina acquired defenseman John-Michael Liles from Toronto on Wednesday.
Insight: Liles had many good fantasy seasons with Colorado from 2003-2011, but he's been a nonfactor since joining the Maple Leafs for the 2011-12 season. He only played six games for the Leafs this season. He'll have fantasy value if he can jump Justin Faulk to get on the team's top power-play unit.
Justin Peters, G12/27/2013 4:02:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters will start between the pipes Friday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Peters is making his third straight start after Cam Ward allowed at least three goals in six straight starts, but he hasn't had success either in giving up seven goals his last two outings.
Jiri Tlusty, C12/27/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Jiri Tlusty will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Tlusty had 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games last season but his play, and playing time, has really dropped off this season. He's posted just 10 points (six goals) in 37 games.