Petr Mrazek is out for the Carolina Hurricanes after the goalie had surgery on his right thumb Wednesday.
A timeline for his return will be determined in the coming days.
Mrazek was injured during a collision with Hurricanes forward Max McCormick 2:47 into the first period of a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on Saturday. James Reimer made 10 saves in relief.
“It’s looking like [surgery is] probably what’s going to happen,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said Tuesday. “It’s a more serious injury than we had hoped.”
Mrazek is 2-1-0 in four games this season. He leads the NHL in goals-against average (0.99), save percentage (.955) and is tied for first in shutouts (two) with four others.
Reimer (4-0-0, 2.19 GAA, .915 save percentage) has started each of the past two games for the Hurricanes with Alex Nedeljkovic serving as the backup.
The Hurricanes next play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-CR, NHL.TV).