Hurricanes D Joe Corvo expected to miss 8-12 weeks after surgery for skate cut

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joe Corvo is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks after his right leg was cut by a skate and required surgery.

The team said Tuesday that Corvo was placed on injured reserve after he injured his leg the night before in a 3-2 loss to Washington. Corvo’s lower right leg was cut by Washington defenceman Karl Alzner’s skate during a first-period collision, and he had surgery on Monday night. The Hurricanes say Corvo may miss as much as 12 weeks.

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Carolina also sent forward Patrick Dwyer back to its AHL affiliate in Albany. He averaged nearly 11 minutes of ice time in six games, and has one goal in 19 career games with the Hurricanes.

Carolina has lost five straight and have an NHL-worst 15 points.