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Mrazek Day-to-Day with Lower-Body Injury

Goaltender injured on Friday night in Arizona

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

LAS VEGAS - The Carolina Hurricanes' decision to carry three goaltenders for the time being has proven to be a wise insurance policy.

Goaltender Petr Mrazek was scratched on Saturday with a lower-body injury he sustained the night prior in Arizona. Mrazek did not practice with the Canes on Monday and is considered day-to-day moving forward.

"I just talked to him, and he said he's feeling better," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after a Monday practice at City National Arena. "I know Petr is not ready to play, but the other two guys are."

The other two guys, of course, being Scott Darling, who made his second appearance in net on Saturday after returning from a lower-body injury, and Curtis McElhinney, who last started on Oct. 20 against Colorado.

"I would say he's got a pretty good chance to get a game here," Brind'Amour said of McElhinney, who is 3-1-0 with the Canes this season.

In an interview over the weekend, I asked Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell about carrying three goaltenders, and he mentioned that the team has the rare luxury of being able to do so with roster flexibility.

"If something happens, it's not easy to go find someone. We're real happy with Ned's (Alex Nedeljkovic) play down in Charlotte. He's off to a tremendous start, but right now, we need him to be playing hockey games. That's what he's doing," Waddell said. "For us to carry an extra goalie right now is fine, and I think it will sort itself out in the near future."

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the entirety of that interview, in which Waddell also provides an estimate for Victor Rask's return from injury.. Keep tabs with the latest news on Canes injuries with our regularly-updated UNC REX Healthcare Injury Report.

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