Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek underwent surgery on his right thumb and is out indefinitely, general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday.
The team hopes to have a return timetable set within the next week.
Mrazek, who turns 29 on Feb. 14, was injured when he collided with teammate Max McCormick and exited early in the first period of last Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
Mrazek sports a 2-1-0 record with two shutouts, plus an NHL-best 0.99 goals-against average and .955 save percentage. He owns a 124-95-28 mark with 23 shutouts, a 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage in 267 career games with the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes.
James Reimer has filled in since Mrazek’s injury. He is 4-0-0 with a 2.19 GAA and .915 save percentage in four appearances (three starts) this season for Carolina (6-1-0, 12 points).
Reimer, who turns 33 in March, is 162-126-41 with a 2.79 GAA and .914 save percentage in 367 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers and Hurricanes.
–Field Level Media