Carolina Hurricanes veteran winger Max Pacioretty was placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon in his right foot, the team announced Friday.
The team did not provide a timetable for his return to the lineup.
It’s the same right Achilles tendon that Pacioretty tore last season and required off-season surgery after being traded to the Hurricanes by the Vegas Golden Knights. He underwent the procedure in August and was out of the lineup for six months.
Pacioretty, 34, suffered the non-contact injury with 19.3 seconds left in Thursday’s 5-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at the PNC Arena. The Canes were on the power play when Pacioretty, who had the puck, was at the side of the net and quickly cut trying to find space. His right leg went straight into the air before hitting the ice.
He was treated by the team’s athletic training staff before being escorted back to the bench by teammates. Pacioretty did not put any weight on his right leg or foot.
“Not very cheerful, as you know,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said of Pacioretty on Friday.
The injury comes just over two weeks after Pacioretty made his season debut. He scored three goals in five games for the Canes, who topped the Metropolitan Division by two points over the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
Although they have one of the strongest records in the league, goals have been a challenge for the Hurricanes. They came in on Friday and led the NHL in shots on target, while also placing second in both scoring opportunities per 60 and high hazard opportunities per 60, according to Natural Stat Trick.
Carolina is tied for 15th in goals scored and also ranks 15th with 3.18 goals per game.
Pacioretty scored at least 30 goals six times in his career. On Friday, the Hurricanes had six players with more than 10 goals and eight players with more than 20 points.