Tonight the Carolina Hurricanes are facing elimination in a crucial Game 6 against the Washington Capitals. Injuries from top players like Andrei Svechnikov, Jordan Martinook, and Michael Ferland hurt the Hurricanes chances of advancing the series.
The good news is that all three players were skating on ice this Monday morning. Head coach Rod Brind’Amour has yet to rule them out of Game 6.
Look who’s back…Micheal Ferland, Jordan Martinook, and Andrei Svechnikov all hitting the ice this morning before Game 6, opening up the opportunity for them to play tonight against the Caps. Check out our live reports from PNC Arena with @Mary_Dunleavy tonight at 6 on #WRAL pic.twitter.com/vgkBX16dcE
— WRALSportsFan (@WRALSportsFan) April 22, 2019
Svechnikov, 19, suffered a head injury after his Game 3 fight against Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. The Russian rookie had been wearing a yellow no-contact jersey through Saturday and Sunday practices.
This morning he wore a green full contact jersey. Per concussion protocol, they will not clear Svechnikov to play until he takes part in a full-contact practice. Brind’Amour said Svechnikov is “highly doubtful” for Game 6. The Russian scored three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in three games this series. He scored his first two goals in Game 1.
Martinhook, 26, left in the first period of Game 4 with a lower-body injury. During the series, he set up an assist and totaled 14 hits. The 26-year-old did not take part in practice on Sunday. Right now his status is a “game-time decision” for Game 6.
Ferland, 27, also did not take part in practice this Sunday. He had not played since leaving Game 3 after colliding with Capitals forward Tom Wilson. He is uncertain to play in Game 6 with an upper-body injury.
Tonight the Hurricanes face elimination trailing 3-2 against the Washington Capitals. So far this series, the Hurricanes are 2-0 in PNC Arena. The statuses for Svechnikov, Martinook, and Ferland can be crucial for the Hurricanes right now.
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round will be held at PNC Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, FS-CR, NBCSWA).
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