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BREAKING: Horrible news strikes the NHL as a star is out indefinitely with blood clotting issues

Published November 6, 2023 at 2:37 PM

In the latest developments from the Carolina Hurricanes' camp, veteran goaltender Frederik Andersen finds himself facing an uncertain period of absence due to a recently discovered medical issue. General Manager Don Waddell officially confirmed this concerning news.

Andersen, at 34 years of age, has emerged as the go-to netminder for the Hurricanes in the current season, stepping between the pipes for six games. His performance has been noteworthy, sporting a 4-1-0 record, a .894 save percentage (SV%), and a 2.87 goals-against average (GAA), placing him at the forefront in these crucial statistical categories for the team.

While the situation is certainly disconcerting, Waddell underlined that there is no concrete timetable for Andersen's return. However, there remains a sense of optimism within the organization regarding the goaltender's prospects for a complete recovery. In his most recent appearance, Andersen faced the New York Rangers, a game that ended in a 2-1 loss for the Hurricanes. Despite the outcome, he managed to make 24 saves out of 26 shots, highlighting his resilience and commitment.

What's particularly intriguing is Andersen's trajectory this season. Despite a somewhat slow start, he has demonstrated a significant upturn in performance, notably achieving a .925 SV% over his last three games following an initial .855 SV% in his first three outings. Andersen's experience is undoubtedly an asset, having accumulated nearly 500 NHL games under his belt. This marks his 11th season in the league and his third with the Carolina Hurricanes.

With Andersen temporarily sidelined, the spotlight now turns to seasoned goaltender Antti Raanta, who is set to assume the lion's share of starts in the forthcoming games. While Raanta boasts a respectable 3-1-0 record, there's an acknowledgment that there is room for improvement in the overall performance of Carolina's goaltending department for the 2023-24 season.

As the Hurricanes navigate through this challenging period, the organization and fans alike are keeping a close watch on Andersen's progress and looking forward to his return to the crease.
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BREAKING: Horrible news strikes the NHL as a star is out indefinitely with blood clotting issues

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