The Carolina Hurricanes got about six days of rest between games. This allowed them to get back healthy and ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Carolina Hurricanes suffered a few bumps, bangs, and bruises during their trip to California that ended with a pair of losses to the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks. Luckily the extended gap between those games and tomorrow’s Game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Ryan Dzingel was the quicker to the recovery of the two. Still not personally certain of what his injury was, but he was quickly back on the ice two days ago after missing a single practice with the team with a “small nick” per Rod Brind’amour. He was wearing a normal contact jersey during practice:
Erik Haula on the other end took a little more time to recover. It wasn’t until today that he was seen back on the ice for practice. Luckily he showed up wearing a full contact jersey as the team prepared for their trip to Columbus. Haula who took a nasty hit during the game against Anaheim which prompted a fight from teammate Joel Edmundson is the leading scorer on the team.
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The only other injuries currently is Jordan Martinook, who is still out after his ab surgery, which he is nicely recovering from. He is still approximately 4-6 weeks out but is chugging along nicely. Hopefully he will be available to the team closer to four weeks than six. The team is missing him dearly and can absolutely use his leadership on and off the ice. It cannot come soon enough.
The Carolina Hurricanes have received the benefit of almost a week off in the most opportune time this season. The only concern I would have is if it results in more rust than rest. However, with Rod Brind’amour as head coach, there is no reason to believe that this team will come out of this week much better than before and ready to add on to their points and retake the division lead.
Question for CC Readers: Should Carolina continue with 11 forwards and 7 D while Martinook recovers or call someone up?