Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 10/19/08 at 01:17 PM ET
On Friday, the Hurricanes began their annual late October two week road trip in Los Angeles. After giving up the game’s first goal, then taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Carolina ended up losing in overtime 4-3. Carolina also lost defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to injury.
At 6:37 of the second frame, Kaberle hobbled off the bench and to the Canes locker room. He didn’t return to action, and the initial report was that he had suffered a fracture in his foot after blocking a shot. He is expected to miss two to four weeks. It’s very early in the season, but already Carolina has nine man-games lost to injury. Tonight’s injury scratches will raise that number to 13.
Eric Staal was also injured in that game, enough to keep him out of practice on Saturday. However, he is expected to extend his consecutive games streak to 259 tonight against the Ducks.
Tonight’s injury scratches will be Justin Williams (Achilles), Scott Walker (hand), Tuomo Ruutu (groin) and Frantisek Kaberle (foot). Anton Babchuk, who was the first round pick of the Blackhawks in 2002, is expected to take Kaberle’s spot and be paired with Nic Wallin.
With Ruutu out of the lineup, the offensive lines are probably going to be mixed and matched. No call-ups have been made from Albany, but rookies Brandon Sutter (first round 2007) and Zach Boychuk (first round 2008) will see some significant ice time. Patrick Eaves, who had been residing in Laviolette’s doghouse will have a chance to earn his way out of it. Also, Dan Lacouture, who has been very productive with extremely limited ice time, might get more shifts. He is second on the team with two goals, and his average TOI/G is just 5:02.
Tonight’s game in Anaheim will be early for a West coast game. 8:00 eastern, which means I won’t fall asleep watching it like I did on Friday.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.