After saying he favored a goalie rotation between Dan Ellis and Justin Peters, letting each start every other game, Canes coach Kirk Muller is making an exception.
Muller said that Ellis, who started Monday in New York against the Rangers, would be in net again tonight against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena. Ellis stopped 35 of 36 shots in the Canes' 2-1 shootout loss to the Rangers.
In one other lineup note, Muller said forward Tuomo Ruutu remains "day to day" and would not play tonight.
On going with Ellis, Muller said, "I thought he played really well last night. With our schedule, it's one game at a time but just going on a hunch. He looked like he felt good last night, afterwards. He was confident in net.
"We've got tonight and then the next game (Thursday against New Jersey), then we have a big break. I thought he's got the energy for us to go back with him tonight."
Ruutu skated Tuesday morning but Muller said his return to the lineup will be "when he's ready."
"Hopefully he gives us a good three or four days in a row and we can get him ready to go," Muller said.
Muller said he may stick with the lineup he used Monday in New York, although noting he may make a change after the pregame warmup.
Defenseman Joe Corvo, who has a lower-body injury, likely will be out another week, Muller said.