Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen exited Wednesday’s game against the Stars after sustaining an upper-body injury. Here’s what you need to know:
- Andersen suffered the injury in the first period and did not return in the second. Antti Raanta took over in net.
- Andersen, 33, just returned from an injury on Jan. 12 after missing 29 games with a lower-body injury.
- Andersen is 9-3-0 with a .910 save percentage in 12 games this season.
- The Hurricanes sit atop the Metropolitan division with 29 wins and nine losses in 2022-23.
The Athletic‘s instant analysis:
We don’t yet know the severity of the upper-body injury, but if Andersen does miss time, it will be another injury blow for the Hurricanes who not only lost Andersen for two months but will be missing Max Pacioretty due to another Achilles tendon tear. — Salvian
Who will need to step up?
We can expect more playing time for Raanta if Andersen is out for any length of time. Raanta had seen limited action with Andersen back in the lineup. Wednesday night’s game in relief of Andersen was his first game since Jan. 7. Raanta has been a serviceable backup this season with a modest save percentage (.894) and a solid 10-2-3 record.
Pyotr Kochetkov, 23, could also be recalled.
Kochetkov was assigned to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves just last week after Andersen returned to the lineup. With Andersen out, however, Kochetkov took charge of Carolina’s net. In 19 appearances, he posted a 10-4-5 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average. His play started to dip a bit towards the end, with a 0-3-1 record and a .861 save percentage in his final four starts in the NHL. But there’s reason to be optimistic about his potential return to Carolina. — Salvian
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