banner
Hurricanes

Canes falling victim to injury bug

Posted February 18, 2013

— The injury bug was expected to have a bigger bite this year in the NHL than usual. The Hurricanes had hoped to avoid the ill-effects of losing players early, but through 12 games, the bites are starting to show.

The team is without defensemen Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen who have each been put on injured reserve, retroactive to the New Jersey game Feb. 12, out with ‘lower body’ concerns. Jeff Skinner is also out an ‘upper body’ issue and did not make the trip to Montreal for Monday's game. Carolina Hurricanes Logo Carolina Hurricanes schedule

In Skinner’s case, his situation has little to do with the lockout, but after taking a big hit from Toronto’s Mark Fraser, the injury brings up another concern. Head coach Kirk Muller could not confirm that it was concussion related but said that Skinner is day-to-day and will be evaluated after the Montreal game.

Skinner’s absence will create a ripple effect throughout the forward ranks. Jussi Jokinen has been centering the third line will more than likely move up to Skinner's spot on the wing on with Jordan Staal and Patrick Dwyer. The team has had to dip to Charlotte once more and have called up Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh to fill Pitkanen and Gleason's spots.

Around the league, it is the injuries that occur from the lockout that teams are trying to cope with. Without a normal training camp most players were left on their own to train. With no exhibition games, and a “camp” schedule that was more like a week-long practice, there are sure to be several, strains, pulls and bumps that players might not be able to fight through.   Canes Tracker tn Meet the Carolina Hurricanes

That is where the Hurricanes are counting on the players in the organization that played together would be able to step up. Michal Jordan was called up from Charlotte to make his NHL debut against Toronto and instead of pairing him with a veteran like Jay Harrison, Muller turned to his partner for the first half of the AHL season in Bobby Sanguinetti. The pairing was efficient and effective against the Leafs in the team’s 3-1 victory last Thursday.

Muller wants the players to make the most of the injury openings saying, “The key is that when (an injury) comes and gets a guy an opportunity. You can’t come in and say ‘well I’m nervous' or this and that, you have to jump in and get the job done.

“That’s 'the old door is open', take advantage of it,'” Muller continued. Carolina Hurricanes Logo More Hurricanes Stories

The thought going into the season was that the bigger sized players would have the toughest time staying out of the trainer’s room. Soft tissue or knee injuries for the bigger players on the ice, with all the stopping and starting was expected to see an increase. It is not easy to just be dropped into a collision sport and come away unscathed.

Add into the mix that some players were able to go over-seas or play in the AHL, a group of skaters would have an advantage over the players that had to keep themselves in shape.

No team will get any sympathy for man-games lost to injury this year, every organization will just try to deal with it. Dealing with it for the Canes has been no problem for one game, the problem that the organization hopes to avoid is dealing with more bodies in the training room than on the ice as the season moves on.

Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
TV
  • Hoops Headquarters: Final Four Special

    Friday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBS Sports Spectacular: NCAA March Madness Confidential

    Sunday at 5:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship

    Monday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
CAR
Final
TAM 8
BOS 11
Final
STL 2
MIA 3
Final
WAS 0
NYM 2
Final
MIN 3
NYY 1
Final
DET 3
PIT 7
Final
BAL 3
TAM 4
Final
TOR 10
PHI 6
6th
TEX 7
CHC 5
 
4th
LOS 0
CWS 2
 
6th
MIL 1
CIN 8
 
5th
SFG 2
COL 0
 
5th
CLE 7
SEA 4
 
5th
ANA 7
OAK 8
 
5th
ARI 5
TEX 6
 
6:05pm Tonight
ATL
HOU
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
KAN
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
ATL
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
SAN
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
TEMPL
MIAMI
7:00pm Tonight
EVAN
TENNM
9:00pm Tonight
NARZ
YALE
9:00pm Tonight
ODU
STAN
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
FLA
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
NJD
7:30pm Tonight
DET
OTT
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
TAM
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
NYR
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
VAN