Sekera out with upper-body injury

Posted by Chip Alexander on November 29, 2013 

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The Canes Andrej Sekera (4) and Cam Ward (30) defend the net against the Bruins Brad Marchand (63) during the first period of an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 18, 2013.

CHRIS SEWARD — cseward@newsobserver.com

Defenseman Andrej Sekera has an upper-body injury and will not play Friday against the New Jersey Devils, Canes coach Kirk Muller said.

Muller said Sekera, who skated early Friday morning, is undergoing an MRI and his status is "day to day." He was not sure if Sekera, who has three goals and two assists in the past four games, would be able to play Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks.

With defenseman Tim Gleason out with a lower-body injury, Mike Komisarek will play his seventh game of the season. Komisarek will be paired with Brett Bellemore as Ron Hainsey takes Sekera's spot on the top pairing with Justin Faulk. Ryan Murphy and Jay Harrison will stay together.

The lines remain unchanged from the Canes' 4-3 victory Wednesday over the Devils in Newark. Eric Staal will center Nathan Gerbe and Tuomo Ruutu; Jordan Staal will center Jiri Tlusty and Pat Dwyer; Riley Nash will center Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, and Manny Malhotra will be at center with Drayson Bowman and Radek Dvorak.

"There's not a lot of X's and O's to go over," Muller said. "I don't think much is going to change. It's about the compete level. We talked about how it's going to be six periods in a row against the same team and it's going to be about consistency.

"I think our confidence level is the highest since the start of the season. I think what we have been harping on is the game without the puck. We have to play strong defensively and bring that every game. It just happens that now we're starting to see more pucks go in the net, which is the result of doing the right things."

Cam Ward will again be in net for the Canes, making his fourth straight start. Ward faced just 22 shots in the game Wednesday and among his 19 stops was a stunning glove save on Adam Henrique late in regulation as the Devils were rallying.

"With all these big divisional games, and every game is so important, we're just going to take it game to game," Muller said of goaltending decisions. "It's all about your performance but Cam has come back extremely well. If he's giving us a chance to win, as he has these past few games, we'll go with him. Cam's our guy and he's playing well."

Forward Alex Semin, who suffered a concussion Nov. 16 against St. Louis, skated on his own Friday morning, Muller said.

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