Oct 24, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) skates during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: 11-14 Injury Update

Today in practice, the Carolina Hurricanes had some great news and some bad news on the injury front.

Mike Murphy was not at practice, as Cam Ward came back to participate in more of the drills and it looks like he’ll be the backup in net for tomorrow’s game. As for when he starts, that’s still a guessing game, but with Justin Peters playing so well, it’s not that big of a problem.

However, the Hurricanes have not announced that Murphy is returning to the Charlotte Checkers yet.

Also returning to practice was Jeff Skinner and Kevin Westgarth, who both wore non-contact jerseys during the drills. The two, along with Anton Khudobin skated on Monday, so their return to practice was expected.

UPDATE: Khudobin also joined the team at practice, skating in his full gear.

But it wasn’t all good news as Eric Staal and Radek Dvorak missed the session.

Dvorak left the game against the Avalanche early because of a lower-body injury. No further update was given, but things do not look good if he’s missing practice two days later.

A reason for Staal’s absence has not been announced yet, but I’m assuming he’s taking a maintenance day. The Hurricanes do this pretty often with some of their star players that play a lot of ice time, like Alex Semin and Justin Faulk, so I wouldn’t worry too much.

UPDATE: Kirk Muller said after practice that Staal will play tomorrow, Dvorak and Skinner will skate tomorrow and decide if they will play. Ward is also progressing faster than Khudobin, who has had some unexpected problems with his ankle.

Mike Komisarek skated on the fourth line to replace Dvorak.

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