Nash will miss at least the next three games with an upper-body injury. There is a chance he could be ready for next Wednesday’s game in Colorado, but he could just as easily miss the entire West Coast trip and miss up to six games.
Nash suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Saturday’s loss to the Red Wings. Nash’s unavailability for this morning’s practice, puts his status for Tuesday’s game vs. the Panthers in jeopardy.
Wisniewski is expected to miss six months with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Wisniewski was acquired this summer from Anaheim in a trade that saw Anton Khudobin go the other way. Wisniewski has battled injury issues throughout his NHL career and he only made it 47 seconds into his Hurricanes debut before he had to be helped off of the ice. Wisniewski is signed through next season, so he might get another chance to dress with the Hurricanes.
Ward will start the Hurricanes home opener on Saturday.
Ward allowed two goals on 25 shots in the Hurricanes opening night loss in Nashville. It was a strong performance for the longtime Hurricanes’ starter, who will start his second game tonight vs. the Red Wings. Ward was 0-2-0 despite posting a 2.07 GAA and .920 SV% in two starts against the Red Wings last season.
Wisniewski (lower-body) left Thursday’s game and did not return.
Just 47 seconds into his Hurricanes debut, the oft-injured Wisniewski went down with a lower-body injury and had to be helped off of the ice. After the game, head coach Bill Peters did not have an update on Wisniewski’s injury, but expect a status report leading up to Saturday’s game with the Red Wings.
Ward will start the Hurricanes season opener vs. the Predators.
Ward had competition in the crease last year in Anton Khudobin and started 50 games. This season Eddie Lack is in town and will push Ward for crease time, but despite being outplayed by Lack in the preseason, the Hurricanes will roll with Ward in their season opener. He posted a 3.22 GAA and .904 SV% in the preseason and struggled on the road last year—8-15-1, 3.01 GAA and .895 SV%.
The Hurricanes signed Eddie Lack to a two-year deal worth $5.5M ($2.75M AAV) on Saturday.
Lack, 27, was acquired from the Canucks for a third and seventh round pick this summer and he will challenge Cam Ward for the starting job this season. In his first two seasons in the NHL, Lack has gone 34-30-9 with a 2.43 GAA, .917 SV% and six shutouts. During the preseason he posted a 1-0-0 record, a 2.21 GAA and .932 SV% in three games (136 minutes played). Those number were substantially better then Ward’s preseason stats.
Hanifin has made the Hurricanes opening night roster.
Hanifin was the fifth overall pick in this summer’s draft and had an impressive enough training camp to make the Hurricanes opening night roster. Carolina could elect to give him an extended nine game look to start the season, before making the decision to burn the first year of his entry level deal.
The Hurricanes have acquired Joakim Nordstrom, Kris Versteeg and a 2017 third-round pick for Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a 2017 fifth-round pick.
Nordstrom, 23, had three assists in 38 games with the Blackhawks last year. In 23 contests with the Hawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford he had 16 points (9G / 7A). He will likely land a bottom six role with his new club.
The Hurricanes have acquired Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom and a 2017 third-round pick for Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a 2017 fifth-round pick.
Versteeg had 14 goals and 20 assists (34 points) in 61 games with the Blackhawks last season. He has amassed 275 career points (116G / 159A) in 473 career NHL games between the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Flyers and Panthers. This trade should help Versteeg's fantasy value as he will likely land a top six role in Carolina.