Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm, injured Friday against the Colorado Avalanche, is doubtful for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, Canes coach Bill Peters said Saturday.
Lindholm suffered a lower-body injury early in the first period against the Avs. He returned to play one shift in the second period but then missed the rest of the game and was not at practice Saturday.
“We’re prepared to go with or without him,” Peters said of Lindholm’s availability for the Tampa Bay game. “We’ll know more tomorrow but I would say less than 50 percent (Lindholm will play).”
Peters indicated the injury was not serious and while Lindholm probably would miss the Tampa Bay game, he might be ready to play by Friday’s game against the Dallas Stars.
With Lindholm out, the Canes will face the Lightning with Victor Rask centering Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg, Jordan Staal at center with Nathan Gerbe and Brock McGinn, Riley Nash centering Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry, and Jay McClement with Brad Malone and Andrej Nestrasil.
Forward Joakim Nordstrom, who has missed the past eight games with a leg injury, was at practice Saturday.
The defensive pairs should remain the same: Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk, John-Michael Liles-Brett Pesce and Noah Hanifin-Ryan Murphy.
Cam Ward, who made 30 saves in the 3-2 win over the Avs, is expected to start in net against Tampa Bay as the Canes look to add to their three-game win streak. Carolina ended its seven-game road trip by beating the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders.
Tampa Bay (5-4-2) has dropped its past two games and is hosting the Boston Bruins on Saturday before flying to Raleigh for the 5 p.m. game Sunday.
“I think we’ve competed at a real consistent level,” Peters said of the recent wins. “I like the way we dug in in Brooklyn (against the Isles). We dug in and found a way. Then, a tough back-to-back coming off that long trip and a bit of a trap game, but I thought the guys battled through it and stayed with it.
“We’ve got some things we’ve got to clean up in our game. When we do that we’ll become a very good team.”