BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Petr Mrazek and James Reimer will be out at least another week for the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Don Waddell said from the annual March meetings for NHL GMs on Tuesday.
Mrazek, who is out with a concussion, is 7-10 days away from returning, and Reimer, who has a lower-body injury, could be back shortly afterward. The Hurricanes (35-24-5) are three points behind the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
"Both making progress," Waddell said. "Mrazek is ahead of Reimer. He's starting to go on the ice and probably will start to see pucks in the next day or so. By the weekend, [Reimer] will be on the ice, we believe, and from there it's just how fast he progresses."
The goalies were injured against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Feb. 22, leading to emergency backup David Ayres playing for the Hurricanes starting in the second period. Ayres made eight saves to help the Hurricanes to a 6-3 win.
Carolina is 0-2-1 in the three games Mrazek and Reimer have missed. Anton Forsberg has started twice and Alex Nedeljkovic once in that span.
Waddell wouldn't blame the Hurricanes' inability to win without Mrazek and Reimer on Forsberg and Nedeljkovic, who have combined for a .874 save percentage (11 goals on 87 shots) in losses to the Dallas Stars (4-1), Colorado Avalanche (3-2) and Montreal Canadiens (4-3 in overtime).
"We haven't played well as a team," Waddell said. "We've got all the confidence that they can do the job for us in the meantime."