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UPDATE, 12:42 p.m.: Paul Maurice said forward Justin Williams had a fractured bone in a hand and will be out for a month.

Maurice said a decision would be made in the next day or two about surgery on the hand.

The Carolina Hurricanes will learn later today about the severity of the injury suffered by forward Justin Williams in the Buffalo game Sunday night.

General manager Jim Rutherford said today that Williams was hit in the hand by an Anton Babchuk shot. Williams, who was injured in the first period, did not return as the Canes won 3-0.

"We'll find out sometime today whether it's a possible fracture," Rutherford said. "It could be one of those things you can play with or something that puts you out a couple of months."

Carolina coach Paul Maurice said a decision will be made in the next day or so on whether Williams will need surgery.

Defenseman Tim Gleason, who missed the Buffalo game, has a badly bruised hand after blocking a shot Saturday in the Columbus game, Rutherford said. His status is day-to-day.

Williams missed much of last season with a knee injury and then tore an Achilles tendon just before training camp began in September. He returned to the lineup Dec. 4.

"He was just getting his timing down and his game was coming along," Rutherford said.

Gleason is not at today's practice at the RBC Center. Williams has been replaced — at least for today — on Matt Cullen's line by Patrick Eaves and Ryan Bayda.

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Hope vs opportunity

I was hoping J Willey would get back in shape and WOW us in the second half of the season. BUT it wasn't happening, at least not yet. I hate that he's hurt again, but I look forward to Mike Ryan contributing more that Willey has been.
This might be a positive.

too bad!!

to bad for williams, he was really just getting his wheels back. but after 5-0 5-1 loses, i think they need to change the lines a little bit . the first line definitely needs changed a little bit. evan the best teams change it up just to get a differant look with differant lines. it seems the canes think no one else can play but ruutu, sami, and staal. sometimes they really dont look that good together. it seems like staal doesnt play with that much fire. maybe ruutu takes that approach and so staal just lays back.good goal against the sabres but staal seemed to do that every game the last couople of seasons.only once in a while this season.

It's Ryan

i just heard it on the River rats broadcast and they said michael Ryan was on His way to Raleigh ...I too hate to see that, but injuries do happen...but why now ?

great...

Just when the guy was starting to look better. Man, he's got a streak of bad luck.

So, who gets the call? Michael "The Invisible Man" Ryan? Jacub "The Hobbit" Petruzalek? My guess is the latter, since unlike every other team in the league, JR places no emphasis on size and grit.

And we wonder why have been on the outside looking for the last 3 years. It's always something else, Stanley Cup hangover, coaching, injuries, etc. Never an admission of the real problem. The team is not put together very well.

This stinks

I feel so bad for Williams. I hope he doesn't need surgery and at least can keep his feet moving. Hang in there !!

The Upper Body/Lower Body is

The Upper Body/Lower Body is an NHL decision ... not the Canes.

Another violation....

... of the Canes' upper/lower body injury rule. Thanks, Chip, for coming through in the clutch.
Has Rick Ley commented on his number being retired for the second time by the organization?

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at chip.alexander@newsobserver.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.
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