Joey Daccord likely will miss the remainder of the season for the Ottawa Senators because of a lower-body injury.
The goalie appeared to injure his left leg and was helped off the ice during the third period of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. He allowed two goals on 21 shots and was replaced by Filip Gustavsson, who made eight saves in his NHL debut.
“It’s going to be long-term here. He’s out for a while,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion told TSN 1200 in Ottawa on Friday. “I don’t want to put a timeline on it but there’s a good chance, the timeline that I was given … it looks like it’s most likely the season.”
Daccord, who is 1-3-1 with a 3.27 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage in eight games (six starts) this season, was making his fourth straight start with Matt Murray out with an upper-body injury and Marcus Hogberg out with a lower-body injury.
“Murray is week to week but had a good day today,” Dorion said. “Hogberg, we’re hoping, and he knows he’s going to do a conditioning stint in Belleville (American Hockey League), by the end of the month.”
Murray, who was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 7 and two days later signed a four-year, $25 million contract ($6.25 million average annual value), is 7-12-1 with a 3.84 GAA and an .880 save percentage in 22 games (20 starts); he last played March 10. Hogberg, who has been out since Feb. 18, is 2-5-0 with a 4.34 GAA and an .859 save percentage in 10 games (seven starts).
“We’ve seen some great games, we’ve seen what I would call some elite goaltending and we’ve seen some games where I think [Murray] knows he could have been better for us,” Dorion said. “… We still have a lot of faith in Matt. [He has] at 26 years old, has won two Cups (with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017) and has the pedigree that he’s had. He’s a proud guy, he’s a competitive guy. … I think he knows he’s got to be better. “
Ottawa, which is allowing an NHL-worst 3.91 goals per game, claimed goalie Anton Forsberg on waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. He took part in his first skate with the Senators on Friday and likely will start against the Calgary Flames on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, SNF, NHL.TV).
Forsberg is 12-25-4 in 48 NHL games (42 starts) but has not played an NHL game this season.
“It needs to be more consistent,” Dorion said of the Senators’ goaltending. “We’ve seen at times the guys play well. … But I think we definitely need to be more consistent. It can’t be a night when we’re great and then another night every second or third shot is going in.”
Ottawa (10-20-3) is in last place in the seven-team Scotia North Division. The top four teams will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.