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Svechnikov could return, Ferland likely out for Hurricanes in Game 7

Carolina hopeful forward can provide boost against Capitals

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes hope to have injured forward Andrei Svechnikov back in the lineup when they play the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, TVAS, NBCSWA, FS-CR).

Svechnikov, who has missed the past three games of the best-of-7 series after sustaining a concussion during a fight with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in Game 3, has been skating for several days and took part in the morning skate Wednesday. However, coach Rod Brind'Amour did not say whether or not Svechnikov will play in Game 7.

"I don't know that yet either. Everything is based on how he's going today," Brind'Amour said.

When asked if he anticipated any changes to the Hurricanes' lineup in Game 7, Brind'Amour said, "Not that I know of at this point."

The No. 2 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Svechnikov had 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists) in 82 games this season and three points (two goals, one assist) in the first three games of the series.

Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland, who has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury, is not expected to play in the deciding game against the Capitals.

"No, Ferland is not skating. Ferland probably will not play. That I can tell you," Brind'Amour said.


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Ferland, who had 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) in 71 games this season, his first with Carolina after four seasons with the Calgary Flames, was also hurt in Game 3. He has no points in the series.

Carolina did get a boost with the Game 6 return of forward Jordan Martinook, who missed Game 5 with a lower-body injury. Martinook played 14:25 on Monday and had an assist on defenseman Dougie Hamilton's empty-net goal which sealed the Hurricanes' 5-2 win in Game 6.

Martinook did not practice Tuesday, but the plan is that he will be available for Game 7.

"I sure hope so," Brind'Amour said. "But again he's going to be game-time (decision)."

Center Patrick Brown has played the past three games after being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League, and center Aleksi Saarela made his NHL debut in Game 5 on Saturday, playing 9:10 in a 6-0 loss at Washington.

Svechnikov, Ferland and Martinook (15 goals) combined for 52 goals during the regular season.

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