Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hurricanes' McBain Out 4 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

In Friday night's game against the Washington Capitals, Hurricanes defenseman Jamie McBain left the game, with what looked to be an arm injury of some sort after being hit hard along the boards.  McBain was seen in a sling after the game and the prognosis didn't look terribly great.  He was held out of Saturday's contest against the Blue Jackets was re-evaluated after the weekend's games.  The further testing has shown a significant shoulder injury, which will keep McBain out of the line-up for the next 3-to-4 weeks, likely on the latter side, which means his regular season is likely complete.

McBain finishes the 2011 season (in all likelihood) with 25 points (5 goals and 20 assists) in 68 games for the Hurricanes, which had him ranked 48th among all defensemen in pool scoring, coming into this week's action.  That should be considered a pretty good year for the 23-year old defender, especially since he has been improving his game throughout the year.  If he can improve on those numbers, he could likely be a pretty nifty pool player for the next few years.

ImplicationsUnfortunately, this does end the active status for him this season, which means Wes M. will be down another man going down the stretch for the remainder of the year.  Wes is currently on a push for the top 10 in the standings, finishing up Monday night's action in 12th place, only a couple points out of the top half and he is in the mix for the third segment of the pool.  Wes currently sits 4th in those standings, 27 points out already, and losing out on a player will likely hurt his chances further from advancing.

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