Andrei Svechnikov is not likely to return for the Carolina Hurricanes during the team’s First Round series against the Boston Bruins. Svechnikov was injured in Saturday’s Game 3, which the Bruins won by a final score of 3-1. Svechnikov got tangled with Zdeno Chara while battling in the slot. His right knee appeared to buckle in the battle. Svechnikov needed to be helped off the ice by his teammates.
A potentially devastating sequence here for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov falls very awkwardly during a net-front battle with Zdeno Chara. Svech is helped off the ice, not putting pressure on his right leg. pic.twitter.com/29gRRjNTwU
— Brett Finger (@brett_finger) August 15, 2020
Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour discussed the injury following Saturday’s Game 3 loss.
“I know he’s getting looked at right now,” Brind’Amour said on Saturday. “It didn’t look very good, obviously. Fell really awkward. Certainly, didn’t look good. We’ll have more, obviously, at some point.”
In six games for the Hurricanes during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Andrei Svechnikov has seven points (4 g, 3 a). Five of those points (3 g, 2 a) came in the Hurricanes’ three-game sweep of the New York Rangers in the Qualification Round.
“Right now, it’s tough because you see a kid go down, and that injury looks really bad,” Brind’Amour continued on Saturday. “That’s all that’s going through my head. I hate it for him. That’s it. I can’t even comment on anything else, to be honest with you.”
There wasn’t much more to add on Sunday. Brind’Amour said that he “highly doubts” that Svechnikov will be back for the playoffs. The second-year head coach followed that up by saying he did not have an official update, and that the team is still waiting for MRI results.