Hurricanes to be without Antti Raanta for at least two weeks

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta will be out at least two weeks because of a lower-body injury, coach Rod Brind'Amour said Saturday.

Raanta, 34, last played Thursday in relief of starter Pyotr Kochetkov in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche but didn't return for the third period of Carolina's 5-2 victory.

The goaltender is 12-7-2 this season with one shutout, a 2.99 goals-against average and an NHL-worst .872 save percentage in 24 games (20 starts) among goaltenders with at least eight starts.

Raanta has played for the Chicago Blackhawks (2013-15), New York Rangers (2015-17), Arizona Coyotes (2017-21) and Carolina. In 11 seasons, he has a 139-80-29 record, 2.48 GAA and .915 save percentage in 277 games (251 starts).

The Finnish national is on a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Hurricanes and will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

With Kochetkov in net for Carolina later Saturday, Sebastian Aho scored 3:40 into overtime to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Kochetkov made 34 saves in the win.

"He was sharp," Rod Brind'Amour said of Kochetkov. "He was the difference, for sure."

The Hurricanes have won five of the last six games.

Information from Field Level Media and the Associated Press was used in this report.