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Nino Niederreiter is expected to be out a few weeks with a lower-body injury.
“Yesterday they kind of told us it’s not going to be anytime soon, so that’s not good,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said.
The forward was injured in the third period of a 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. He’s scored three goals in seven games.
“It’s not an injury he can’t come back from,” Brind’Amour said. “It’s probably going to be a few weeks.”
Seth Jarvis will replace Niederreiter and make his NHL debut against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; BSSO, BSAZ, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). The 19-year-old was the No. 13 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
“You don’t need him to swamp him to stuff,” Brind’Amour said. “You just want him to go out there to be the player he is and let him play free.” — Jon Lane
Mikko Rantanen is day to day with a lower-body injury that kept him out of a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
The forward was injured in a 3-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, left practice early Thursday, and did not play in a 4-3 win against the St. Louis Blues that night.
Rantanen has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in six games.
Samuel Girard played 19:27 against the Wild after missing two games with an upper-body injury. The defenseman has two assists in six games this season. — Rick Sadowski
San Jose Sharks
Sharks coach Bob Boughner and seven players are in NHL COVID-19 protocol and did not participate in a 2-1 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center on Saturday.
Assistant John MacLean coached the Sharks for a game delayed 30 minutes. San Jose forwards Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Dahlen and Matt Nieto, and defensemen Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were unavailable, as was forward and captain Logan Couture, who has a non-COVID illness.
“That’s what adversity does, right?” Sharks goalie James Reimer said after the game. “It forces you to depend on each other and bring out the best in each other.”
Forwards Nick Merkley, Jaycob Megna and John Leonard, and defensemen Nicolas Meloche and Ryan Merkley, were recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League.
“All San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda players and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and compliant with the NHL’s COVID-19 testing and guidance protocols,” the Sharks said in a statement. — Chelena Goldman