If losing two straight over the weekend was not bad enough, the Carolina Hurricanes may be without All-Star Andrei Svechnikov for the remainder of the season.
Saturday’s loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights ended with no goals for the Canes and an apparent injury to Svechnikov.
It appeared to be day-to-day as Svechnikov was unable to make Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Both games over the weekend resulted in shutouts and the Devils became even with the Canes for the Metro Division lead.
Now reports are surfacing that Svechnikov is looking for a second opinion on his injury, which may be a torn ACL. Obviously, this would end the season for the former first round draft choice.
Accordingly, the Hurricanes have called up Jack Drury from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in the mean time.
This would be a huge blow to the Canes Stanley Cup aspirations as Svechnikov was one of the top point producers for the club. This comes as the team continues to struggle with lighting the lamp.
Rod Brind’Amour’s team is built on depth and structure. The team effort is how Carolina wins games and that team depth will be tested now.
Tomorrow the Winnipeg Jets come to Raleigh as they continue to battle for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.