Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy will miss 3-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury, coach Bill Peters said on Friday.
Murphy 23, was expected to begin the season on the third defensive pair for the Hurricanes.
Murphy, selected in the first round (No. 12) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) in 124 regular-season games.
He had 10 assists in 35 games with the Hurricanes last season, and had 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 32 games with Charlotte of the American Hockey League.
The Hurricanes open the regular season Wednesday at the Winnipeg Jets.