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Groin injury puts Ruutu back on sidelines for Canes

by Arpon Basu /

MONTREAL -- Forward Tuomo Ruutu took a couple of spins around the ice before retreating back to the dressing room prior to the Carolina Hurricanes morning skate Monday after injuring his groin in Saturday night's 3-1 win against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Ruutu will miss Monday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens and is day-to-day, coach Kirk Muller said.

There was also some good news on the injury front for the Hurricanes, however, as defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti skated with the team, though he will miss his fourth game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Justin Faulk will miss his fifth game with a knee injury, but the Hurricanes are hopeful he will return by the end of the week, Muller said.

Finally, goaltender Dan Ellis will be the backup for Justin Peters on Monday after recovering from a leg laceration that cost him the last three games. He should be ready to start Tuesday night in a big divisional game at home against the Washington Capitals.

Canadiens forwards Rene Bourque and Ryan White took part in an optional skate Monday morning. Bourque will miss his 18th game with a concussion Monday night, and there is no word on when he might return. Bourque was in Atlanta last week to meet with Dr. Ted Carrick, the chiropractor who treated Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby for his concussion.

White will miss his fifth game Monday with an ankle injury, but he said he hopes to play by the end of the week.

Here are the projected lineups for the Hurricanes and Canadiens:


Jiri TlustyEric StaalAlexander Semin

Jeff SkinnerRiley NashJussi Jokinen

Drayson BowmanJordan StaalPatrick Dwyer

Chad LaRoseTim BrentKevin Westgarth

Joni PitkanenJamie McBain

Tim GleasonJoe Corvo

Jay HarrisonBrett Bellemore

Justin Peters

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Adam Hall

Injured: Justin Faulk, Bobby Sanguinetti, Tuomo Ruutu, Cam Ward


Michael RyderTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerBrandon Prust

Travis MoenJeff HalpernColby Armstrong

Josh GorgesP.K. Subban

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Nathan BeaulieuFrancis Bouillon

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber, Mike Blunden

Injured: Rene Bourque, Raphael Diaz, Ryan White

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