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Hurricanes’ Teuvo Teravainen set to return for Game 1 of East final against Panthers

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes

Mar 5, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) takes a shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said that forward Teuvo Teravainen is set to return from injury for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against Florida.

Teravainen hasn’t played since suffering a thumb injury in Game 2 of the first-round series against the New York Islanders. The injury required surgery on April 20, so his expected return will come exactly four weeks later.

Teravainen has worked on the top line and is a strong passer. He also is a valuable penalty killer.

He has been skating with the team in practices this week leading up to the best-of-seven series, working on a line with captain Jordan Staal and Martin Necas during the morning skate.