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Skjei, Mrazek Sidelined With Injuries

Skjei in concussion protocol, Mrazek nursing lower-body concern

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

SUNRISE - The physical tolls of a compact, 56-game schedule are mounting for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brady Skjei and Petr Mrazek were added to the team's injury list on Thursday. Skjei is in the concussion protocol, while Mrazek is nursing a lower-body injury.

Skjei was hit from behind by Tampa Bay's Blake Coleman late in the first period on Tuesday, a play that was unpenalized both in the game and after the fact. Though Skjei played a shift early in the second period, he was unable to finish the game and won't be back in the lineup until he clears protocol.

"That's a hit from behind. Nothing's going to happen, but now we have a guy who might have a concussion. Not happy about that," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "The five D hung in there and battled hard for each other."

Mrazek was projected to get the start in net for the Canes on Thursday night in South Florida, but the team had to call an audible to Alex Nedeljkovic - a pretty good audible option, given his 11-4-2 record, 1.87 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. Mrazek did some light work during the morning skate but headed off the ice early. Good thing the Canes held on to their three goalies at the trade deadline, right?

Brock McGinn, who has missed the Canes' last eight games with an upper-body injury, is not with the team on this road trip.

In positive injury news, Teuvo Teravainen is inching closer to a return. Teravainen, who has played in just one of the team's last 30 games while battling lingering concussion symptoms, skated with the Canes on Thursday morning and the hope is that he can draw back into the lineup before the end of the six-game trip.

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