The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off a rough stretch, having dropped three straight games after winning three of their first four. Injuries have been a struggle for them at the beginning of this season, without Andrei Svechnikov to start the season. Then Frederik Andersen and Sebastian Aho sustained injuries. Aho played last night in their 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Andersen and Svechnikov are trending towards returning potentially tomorrow night. Today, it was announced that Carolina will be without defenseman Brett Pesce for a significant amount of time. It was initially hoped he would miss a few games or be week-to-week, but it’s not good for the defenseman, and he will be out for quite a bit with a lower-body injury.
Brett Pesce By The Numbers
Last season, Pesce played in all 82 games for the Hurricanes, and he finished with 30 points coming on five goals and 25 assists; he also finished as a +11 and had 110 blocked shots and 37 hits. This season, in five games, he had two points coming on a goal and an assist and was a plus-three, also having 14 blocked shots and five hits. Pesce will also be an unrestricted free agent following this season and currently holds a $4.025 million cap hit on his expiring contract.
The Hurricanes return home tomorrow night to take on the Seattle Kraken following a six-game road trip in which they went 2-4-0 and come home with only four points. The good news is the next two games are at home, and Svechnikov is expected to play tomorrow night and make his 2023-24 season debut.