The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that Riley Nash has been activated off Injured Reserve. Riley Nash missed five games due to a lower body injury he suffered on December 31st against the Montreal Canadiens. Zach Boychuk and Brett Sutter have been sent down to the Charlotte Checkers.
Zach Boychuk played pretty well in his five games with the team. He provided a lot of energy in the bottom six, and he registered 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in his five game stint with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brett Sutter played five games for the Carolina Hurricanes during Riley Nash’s absence. He registered 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in his five game stint with the Carolina Hurricanes. He played on the fourth line, and he was a good physical player.
Riley Nash will likely go back into the bottom six. Whether that is third or fourth line is uncertain right now. Manny Malhotra has played solid hockey on the third line, so Nash may start on the fourth line. Riley Nash could, just as easily, start back on the third line.
The Carolina Hurricanes are now down one forward. This likely means that Eric Staal will return on Monday against the Calgary Flames. Eric Staal’s presence has certainly been missed on the first line, so his return is much anticipated for the Carolina Hurricanes.
When Eric Staal does return, it will be his first time playing since being snubbed by Hockey Canada and left off the Canadian Olympic Team. We will see if Eric Staal plays with a chip on his shoulder, or not. Hopefully the Carolina Hurricanes captain is not happy about being snubbed, and will come back and play with a lot of passion and energy.
The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Calgary Flames on home ice on Monday night.