Petr Mrazek might be out of the playoffs for a little while.
The Hurricanes goaltender left his team’s matchup against the Islanders with a lower body injury in Game 2 and did not return. However, the team listed him as day-to-day Monday.
#Canes injury updates from Rod Brind’Amour …
van Riemsdyk: “Out.”
Mrazek: Day-to-day, “That’s actually good news there.”
Maenalanen: Won’t play in this round.
Martinook, Svechnikov and Ferland: Day-to-day, will know more after practice tomorrow
— Michael Smith (@MSmithCanes) April 29, 2019
Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour called the day-to-day listing “good news.”
However, it was reported Tuesday that Mrazek will likely miss Game 3 as the team allows him to take his time with his recovery.
The 27-year-old Mrazek was fantastic for the Hurricanes in the opening game of the second-round series against New York. He stopped all 31 shots the Islanders attempted in his team’s 1-0 overtime win.
Curtis McElhinney replaced Mrazek in net. Todd Scarola served as the team’s backup. For insurance, Carolina recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic from the Charlotte Checkers.
Todd Scarola will serve as the @NHLCanes backup goaltender for the remainder of today’s game.
Scarola played collegiately at Stony Brook University.
— Hurricanes PR (@CanesPR) April 28, 2019
Mrazek made nine saves and allowed a goal before exiting Game 2. His shutout streak was snapped at 135:04, which was the second-longest run in franchise history.
Petr Mrazek’s shutout streak was snapped at 135:04, the second-longest run in @NHLCanes / Whalers franchise history.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 28, 2019
Brind’Amour addressed Mrazek’s injury when he met with reporters after the game, saying he hoped it wasn’t “too serious.”
“When he came to the bench, you could see that he was dejected,” Brind’Amour said, via NHL.com. “He definitely wanted to be a part of this. Hopefully, it is not too serious.”
Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk also left the game with an upper-body injury. Carolina went on to top New York, 2-1, to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Hurricanes host the Islanders in Game 3 at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday.