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Dwyer Out, Boychuk Up and Other Injury Notes

Monday, 02.27.2012 / 5:06 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
Just when the Carolina Hurricanes were starting to get healthy, another rash of injuries has forced players out of the lineup.

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Patrick Dwyer is the latest skater to go down with an injury. He left Saturday’s game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. Hurricanes’ President and General Manager Jim Rutherford estimated that Dwyer will be sidelined for “a couple of weeks.”

With Dwyer out, a forward slot has become available. The team recalled Zach Boychuk from Charlotte, the 22-year-old Alberta native’s first recall under head coach Kirk Muller. This marks the second recall of the season for Boychuk, who played 13 games with the Hurricanes from Oct. 25 to Nov. 20. In that stretch, he recorded two assists and averaged 8:05 in ice time.

Boychuk will likely see enhanced ice time in the top nine during this recall, which is on emergency basis for Dwyer. Ranking third amongst Checkers skaters in scoring, he could also see some power play time if needed.

In other injury news, Joni Pitkanen began skating alone on Monday, Rutherford said. If everything stays on schedule with his rehab from knee surgery, he is two or three weeks away from returning to the lineup.

Tuomo Ruutu will also be out for another two or three weeks, Rutherford said. Ruutu has missed the team’s last five games with an upper-body injury, one Rutherford called “real sore.”

Chad LaRose, who has moved in and out of team practices for the last week, is probably a week away from returning to the lineup, according to Rutherford. LaRose has missed the team’s last five games and has only played in six of the team’s last 19 games due to varying injuries.

Cam Ward returned to practice on Monday, handling the brunt of the goaltending duties. If he feels up to speed tomorrow, Muller said he will likely start in net against Nashville.

“Some of those guys have injuries we have to be real careful with, so we’re not going to hurry them back,” Rutherford said.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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