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Svechnikov game-time decision for Hurricanes to start second round

Forward skated, remains questionable for series opener against Islanders

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Andrei Svechnikov will be a game-time decision for the Carolina Hurricanes against the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Barclays Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Svechnikov skated on his own Friday morning at Barclays Center. The Hurricanes did not have a morning skate.

 

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The 19-year-old rookie forward missed the final four games of the Hurricanes' first-round victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals after sustaining a concussion during a fight with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in Game 3. The Hurricanes won the best-of-7 series against the Capitals in seven games.

Coach Rod Brind'Amour said Thursday that Svechnikov had one more step to pass in the NHL concussion protocol before being cleared to play.

The No. 2 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Svechnikov has three points (two goals, one assist) in three playoff games and had 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists) in 82 regular-season games.

Forward Jordan Martinook, who didn't play after regulation in the Hurricanes' 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 7 against the Capitals, also will be a game-time decision. Martinook sat out Game 5 against Washington with a lower-body injury and played less than 15 minutes each in Game 6 and Game 7. He had two assists in six games in the first round.

Forward Micheal Ferland, who has missed the past four games because of an upper-body injury, did not skate Friday.

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