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Injuries mounting for struggling Hurricanes

Posted March 17

Alexander Semin (28) brings the puck behind the goal during action at the PNC Arena between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers on March 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

— Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin is not 100 percent according to head coach Kirk Muller and did not practice Monday.

Muller called it a “maintenance day” for Semin who missed two of the Canes first three games back after the Olympic break but has skated at least 17 minutes in each of the team’s last eight games. Semin had his seven-game points streak come to an end Sunday against Edmonton.

Jiri Tlusty, who did not play Sunday, has a lower body concern and will not play in Columbus Tuesday. Defenseman John-Michael Liles returned to practice but wore the yellow non-contact jersey. Liles has missed the Canes’ last five games with a concussion.

With the mounting injuries, Carolina recalled forward Chris Terry from Charlotte late Monday. It is Terry's second recall this year after skating in seven games in November

The coaching staff still plans to use both Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward in the nets, going with the goalie that they feel gives them the best chance to win on a night-by-night basis.

Muller added Monday that he is still disappointed with the effort in Boston Saturday – a 5-1 loss - but the team can't dwell on that. He thought they had the effort to win against Edmonton, ultimately losing 2-1.

Chuck Kaiton joined Adam and Joe to discuss the Hurricanes two-game losing skid. Poor execution during the power-play continues to plague this team, he added. They just aren't getting it done.

Carolina has lost nine of their last 12 games and sit nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with just 14 games to play. They start a three-game road trip Tuesday in Columbus.

 

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