The Carolina Hurricanes received a mixed bag of injury news when they took the ice for practice Monday morning.
The good: Victor Rask, who left Saturday’s contest late and visibly in pain, skated with the team and will play on Tuesday.
“He said he’s 100 percent. He said he felt good,” head coach Bill Peters said. “The day off probably came at a good time for him. A young guy, they bounce back quick.”
The not so good: Riley Nash, who played just 114 seconds on Saturday, did not practice Monday and is expected to miss 10-14 days with a shoulder injury.
Nash centered the team’s third line with Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry on either side of him in the early going of Saturday’s game. With the 26-year-old center sidelined for at least a week, the forward lines had to be juggled accordingly. Elias Lindholm will slide into his natural position between Skinner and Terry for Tuesday’s match-up against Florida.
“It’s probably the best move we can make to give us experience in the middle,” Peters said. “Lindy has played in the middle for us before, so he’s comfortable going there. And it’s less disruptive to the other lines. Steeger has been with Rasker and Staalsy at different points in the preseason, so he’ll go back there. I like our lines. I like the way we played the other day, and these lines give us a real good chance to be successful tomorrow.”
The shift to center won’t change much for Lindholm, who has played the position sparingly in his first two NHL seasons.
“For me, it’s just the positioning,” he said. “As always, you have to be more responsible in the D-zone. It will be fun.”
Flanking his wings are two players with a goal-scoring touch in Terry and Skinner. And Lindholm himself is capable of providing an offensive pop, as well.
“Last game we had a lot of chances,” he said of Saturday’s home opener. “Hopefully we can score some more goals and get the win.”
“They’re good players. They’re offensive players who should spend time in the offensive zone,” Peters said of his third line. “Lindy has got a good two-way game, and he’s an all-around good player. He’s responsible defensively, he’ll get the puck up to those guys and then it’s up to them to make some plays and spend some time in the O-zone.”
Brad Malone is expected to make his season debut with the Hurricanes Tuesday night, skating on the fourth line with Jay McClement and Andrej Nestrasil.
In other lineup news, goaltender Eddie Lack will make his Hurricanes regular-season debut against Florida.
“It’s exciting for him,” Peters said. “I know he’s looking forward to it, and I know we’ll play hard in front of him.”
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