The Carolina Hurricanes are the second-best team in the NHL, trailing the Boston Bruins by 11 points for the top spot. After revamping the roster in the offseason, they have shown they are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender this season as they sit first in the Metropolitan Division with a 43-14-8 record and 94 points. The Hurricanes may be without one of their best players, as forward Andrei Svechnikov suffered a lower-body injury.
While there is no confirmation at the moment by the team regarding the severity of the 22-year-old’s injury, it is not looking good, as the team is waiting for a second opinion to determine just how bad it really is. It is feared that Svechnikov suffered a torn ACL that would sideline him for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.
The biggest loss will be the style of play and toughness that the 6’2″ winger brings to this team, as he is known for his hard hits and psychical play that translates perfectly in the playoffs. During the season, Svechnikov has been one of the team’s best offensive players, as he is third on the team in goals (23), assists (32), and Points (55). In 64 games this season, he has 140 hits, more than any defenseman on their roster.
It will be a wait-and-see situation, but at the moment, this looks to be a massive loss for Carolina and could be costly come playoffs. The Hurricanes return to the ice tomorrow night, 3/14, to take on the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena.
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