Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Murphy has been assigned to the minors.

Murphy is eligible for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic, so this will allow him to play in that event. He has 17 assists in 23 games with the AHL Charlotte Checkers in 2014-15. Carolina won't play again until Jan. 27 and the AHL's All-Star festivities will take place from Jan. 25-26, so the Hurricanes will still have the option of summoning him before they play next.
Jan 21 - 10:34 AM

Elias Lindholm scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory over Toronto.

Lindholm has only scored 18 goals in 104 career contests, but six of them have been game-winning markers. He has nine goals and 19 points in 46 games this season. He's got plenty of offensive upside, but it might be another season or two before he has much fantasy value.
Jan 20 - 9:00 AM

Jordan Staal had two assists in a 4-1 victory over Toronto.

Fantasy owners that patiently waited for Staal's return from a fractured fibula are getting the benefits now. He has a solid six points in 10 contests since returning and might pick up the pace after the All-Star break given that the injury is firmly behind him. It helps that he's been getting regular minutes with brother Eric Staal.
Jan 20 - 8:56 AM

Goaltender Anton Khudobin, in his third start in four games, turned in a solid effort Monday night, steering aside 34 shots in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-1 rout over the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Khudobin may be on the verge of supplanting Cam Ward as the Canes' No. 1 goalie. He was Carolina's starting goalie when the season began but the team struggled early and Ward was given the starting duties. Khudobin has been impressive again lately, though. He's sporting a goals-against average now of 2.32 and a save percentage of .916 in 16 games this season. His record has improved to 5-8-2.
Jan 19 - 10:56 PM

Eric Staal produced two goals, each of which was assisted by his brother Jordan, as the Carolina Hurricanes upset the struggling Maple Leafs 4-1 in Toronto Monday night.

Eric Staal now has 15 goals on the season. Jordan Staal has five assists. The Canes' other goals were scored by Brad Malone (his third of the season) and Elias Lindholm (ninth). Lindholm's goal ended a 14-game scoring drought. It was the second win in a row for the Hurricanes (16-25-5), who are 6-2-1 in January.
Jan 19 - 10:51 PM

Brad Malone will return to the Hurricanes lineup Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Malone will take Andrej Nestrasil's place on the fourth line Monday night. Malone is a tough, hard-nosed type player and has picked up 47 penalty minutes this season, while scoring two goals and two assists in 34 games played. Nestrasil has registered a goal and four assists in 22 games played on the year.
Jan 19 - 6:06 PM

John-Michael Liles will be a healthy scratch Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Liles has been in out of the Hurricanes lineup since the new year and will find himself watching from the press box Monday night. He has a goal and seven assists in 28 games in the 2014-2015 season while posting a minus seven rating. The veteran is no longer a relevant player in the fantasy world.
Jan 19 - 6:01 PM

Alexander will be in the press box Monday night in Toronto.

Semin has been a work in progress ever since he signed a multi-year contract with the 'Canes. He has only played in 26 games this season, picking up just a single goal and seven assists. It's been a mighty fall for the former 40 goal scorer.
Jan 19 - 5:58 PM

Anton Khudobin will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Khudobin will make his third start in four games. Cam Ward has gotten the bulk of Carolina's starts this season, but Khudobin might be able to force his way back into the battle for the number one gig. He has a 2.41 GAA and .912 save percentage in 15 games this season.
Jan 19 - 1:07 PM

Anton Khudobin won his fourth straight game on Saturday.

Khudobin started the season off winless in his first 10 games with the Hurricanes who inked him to a two year/$4.5 million contract in the off-season. But after the 0-8-2 start, Khudobin has won the last four and is showing the form he had last season for the Hurricanes when he was 19-14-1 with a 2.30 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He is now worth looking at in very deep pools.
Jan 18 - 6:30 AM

Alexander Semin has only one goal and seven assists this season.

Semin signed a five year/$35 million deal after the 2013-14 season and that has certainly not worked out for the Hurricanes as they have made him a healthy scratch on numerous occasions this season. He still has three years remaining and he could be a candidate for a buy-out at the end of the season.
Jan 18 - 6:23 AM

Justin Faulk recorded two points in the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over the Senators on Saturday night.

Faulk still has his warts on the defensive end and carries a minus-15 rating, but other than that he offers a lot of upside from the blue line. Faulk’s goal-assist night gives him eight goals and 26 points this season. He also had six shots on goal and a strong plus-three rating. Nathan Gerbe scored the game winner, and he also had an assist. Brad Malone picked up the other marker.
Jan 17 - 10:37 PM

Anton Khudobin set away 30 shots in the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over the Senators on Saturday night.

It was not an easy start to the year for Khudobin but he’s now showing why he was a darkhorse fantasy factor entering this season. He has a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage this season, and he hasn’t posted lower than a .933 save percentage in the last six games.
Jan 17 - 10:35 PM

Alex Semin, Andrej Nestrasil, and John-Michael Liles will all be healthy scratches in Ottawa on Saturday night.

Carolina is playing in the second of a back-to-backs, so Coach Peters wants to get this oft-injured trio some rest. At this point, you want to have something positive to say about Semin in particular, but he's simply not producing. Let someone else pick up the pill.

Brad Malone, Chris Terry, and Brett Bellemore will all return to the lineup in Ottawa on Saturday night.

Carolina is in the second of a back-to-back so Coach Peters is using it as an opportunity to get the trio he sat on Friday back into the game. Of the group, only Malone has any fantasy value as he's accumulated 47 PIMs and 93 hits through 33 games this season.
Jan 17 - 5:55 PM

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