Player News - Hurricanes

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Victor Rask has not had a goal nor an assist in his last 12 games.

That's a major slump for Rask who inked a six-year/$24 million extension this past summer. He has 13 goals and 32 points in 54 games thus far after getting 48 points last season. The 23-year-old has not been good on the draw as well as he won only three-of-11 Friday. "Whatever line he’s playing on he’s getting dominated on faceoffs a little bit," coach Bill Peters said. "When that happens it means you’re defending and that makes it tough. There are things he can do better, but I would recommend starting with the puck. That makes the game a little easier."
Feb 19 - 5:33 AM

Justin Faulk is under the weather, but he is still expected to play in Sunday's match with the Maple Leafs.

Which is good news for Faulk and Hurricanes fans alike. Carolina trails Toronto for the second Wild Card by seven points, as of this writing. The talented blue liner has posted 11 goals and 25 points in 47 games along with 53 blocks and 75 hits to boot.
Feb 18 - 1:40 PM

The Hurricanes summoned Phil Di Giuseppe from AHL Charlotte on Saturday.

He will play on Sunday against the Maple Leafs as well. The 23-year-old has 10 goals and 20 points for the Checkers this season, and he's also posted eight goals and 19 points in 59 games with the big boys over the last two seasons.
Feb 18 - 1:20 PM

Carolina placed Ty Rattie on waivers on Saturday.

The 24-year-old has played in just nine games this season. His last five came with the Hurricanes in which he posted two assists along with nine shots and nine hits.
Feb 18 - 12:18 PM

Lee Stempniak earned an assist in Friday's 2-1 overtime loss to Colorado.

He had the primary helper on Jeff Skinner's 19th goal of the season. Unfortunately, a slashing penalty he took in the third period nullified another goal by Skinner. Stempniak has 10 goals and 26 points in 54 games.
Feb 18 - 8:38 AM

Jeff Skinner scored a goal in a 2-1 OT loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Skinner beat Pickard on a tough angle shot for his 19th goal of the season. Skinner has cooled of late, picking up just three points in his last 12 games. The former seventh overall pick leads his team with 38 points in 53 games this season.
Feb 17 - 11:04 PM

Cam Ward stopped 35 of 37 shots in a 2-1 OT loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Ward was essentially the only reason the Hurricanes were able to make it to overtime tonight. He made numerous big stops to keep the Avalanche at one goal, and earn his team one point for their lack of effort. The loss drops Ward's record to 21-17-7 with a 2.61 goals against average and .906 save percentage.
Feb 17 - 10:45 PM

Brett Pesce is on the ice and warming up against Colorado on Friday despite feeling ill this morning and skipping the skate.

It looks like the talented sophomore will play tonight, so we'd suggest adjusting your lineup accordingly. He has 13 points and 92 blocks through 53 games this season.
Feb 17 - 7:02 PM

Ty Rattie and Ryan Murphy will be scratched against the Avalanche on Friday.

They've combined for just 16 games played and only four assists in that time. Suffice it to say, neither youngster has generated much fantasy value.
Feb 17 - 6:01 PM

Brett Pesce is a game-time decision for Friday's match with the Avalanche due to illness.

Matt Tennyson will tag in if Pesce can't go. Through 53 games this season he has posted two goals and 13 points along with 92 blocks to his credit as well. Though perhaps most notably is the fact that his average ice time actually rose up to 20:52 in just his sophomore season.
Feb 17 - 3:07 PM

Brett Pesce was absent from Friday's morning skate with the team.

This could be nothing, but it's often a sign that the player isn't going to play in the evening. We'll keep you posted as his status develops.
Feb 17 - 1:35 PM

Cam Ward will be in net against Colorado on Friday.

The veteran netminder has been considerably better at home than on the road this season. Through 22 games he's 15-5-1 with a pair of shutouts along with a .919 save percentage and a 2.27 GAA.
Feb 17 - 1:32 PM

Teuvo Teravainen has shifted from right wing back to center.

"I want him to skate more, hang on to pucks and make plays," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said of Teravainen. "He’s very comfortable as a winger or a center. I think he moves his feet and is a little bit more involved offensively in the middle." Teravainen has 11 goals and 28 points in 52 contests this season. He is projected to play alongside Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak.
Feb 17 - 4:37 AM

Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis) believes he's "very close" to being back in game shape.

Bickell last played on Oct. 30. Nothing has been confirmed, but it is possible that the Hurricanes will send him to the minors for a conditioning stint before he starts playing for Carolina again.
Feb 16 - 4:14 AM

According to Adrian Dater, Justin Faulk is "in play" in potential trade talks between Colorado and Carolina.

Carolina pro scout and recently nominated-Top 100 player Joe Nieuwendyk has been "a regular: at Avalanche games the last three weeks. A swap of defensemen from Carolina for forwards for Colorado (say, Matt Duchene and/or Gabriel Landeskog) makes sense for both sides. Perhaps we'll see a rare star-for-star deal after all.
Feb 12 - 3:38 PM


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