This seems like a duh thing, right? WRONG. Too many times players and fans confuse getting healthy with resting. While resting might help, it’s only a part of what they need to do get back to being healthy. The rest comes from proper diet and exercise to help feed and strengthen the injured muscles.
Take Trevor Van Riemsdyk for example, in his first game back this season after experiencing a scary injury during the second round sweep of the Islanders, during this time he only skated for 11:28 and spending 28 seconds of it shorthanded. While that is expected when rotating seven defenders, Haydn Fleury only saw 5:59, its an indicator that he isn’t 100%.
The next several days should be stretching out those legs some more and getting back into the rhythm of practice and play. Perhaps by the time the team rolls into Ohio there will be a roster move or so that will give TVR a set pairing instead of being the odd man out. But he isn’t the only Carolina Hurricanes injury that needs to take advantage of the next few days.
While it isn’t realistic to think that Jordan Martinook would be spending the next few days any differently in his road to recovery, Erik Haula and Ryan Dzingel absolutely shood. Not sure why Dzingel is not skating today, but Haula took a nasty hit from Josh Manson that led to a Joel Edmundson dropping the gloves and taking care of business defending his new teammate.
While Rod Brindamour indicated that both will more likely than not be on the roster on Thursday, they need to take the time now to make sure they are 100% before skating in and attempting to silence the cannon.