Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: January 5 Injury Update

The Carolina Hurricanes released some information on the current rash of injuries that are plaguing the team right now, some bad, some good.

Eric Staal

The oldest Staal brother will reportedly miss five-to-six days with a lower-body injury. We already knew he would miss Sunday’s game, but he is also likely to miss three or four games over the next week.

Staal will be missed, but this could be much worse. Elias Lindholm will be back for the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, so the team should be able to scrape by without the captain.

Jay Harrison

The defenseman was taken off of injured reserve today, which is always good news, but as for him getting back in the lineup, that may not happen right away. Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore have been playing strong and may have bumped themselves up the depth chart.

Kirk Muller has used a rotation on defense this season so Harrison should be back in the game relatively soon.

Riley Nash

With Harrison coming off IR, Nash has been placed on the reserve list. The center was already expected to miss through the end of the week and the move was made to open up a spot for Aaron Palushaj, so this isn’t a huge move.

But with Staal injured, Nash could have been a valuable player to have in the lineup and this injury still hurts the team.

Cam Ward

Perhaps the worst news of the day for the Hurricanes was that Ward was placed on IR. The goalies have been getting along fine without him, but you always want your starting goalie playing. Even worse there is no timetable for his return. If Anton Khudobin keeps up the strong play we’ve seen lately, maybe this won’t be as serious a loss as it seems.

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