The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping to shake off their recent struggles ahead of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but their latest injury update doesn't bode well for the team. According to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun, Canes' goalie Frederik Andersen is set to undergo an MRI on Sunday after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Frederik Andersen will get an MRI done. The Hurricanes should have a better idea of his lower body injury in the coming days. Carolina obviously hoping it’s not too serious at this point but the MRI will give a clearer picture.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 17, 2022
Andersen was in net for all but 4 minutes of Saturday's 7-4 loss, turning in one of his worst performances of the season. He surrendered 7 goals, recording just 26 saves on 33 shot attempts for a .788 save percentage. He was replaced by Antti Raanta for the final few minutes of the game.
In what was ultimately a night to forget for Andersen, the 32-year-old made a routine save late in the third period before appearing to injure his leg. He was helped off the ice and went straight to the locker room after being removed from the game.
Despite his dud of a performance on Saturday prior to his injury, Andersen has been one of the most reliable goalies in hockey this season. He's won 35 games in 51 starts and has a .922 save percentage on the year. The team will be anxiously awaiting the results of his MRI, as he will be a key cog for the Hurricanes as they look to push for a Stanley Cup.
The loss of Andersen wasn't the only blow sustained by the team Saturday, as star center Jordan Staal also left the game with an injury following a hit from Aves star defenseman Cale Makar.