Canes coach Paul Maurice said forward Scott Walker would be held out of tonight's game against the Rangers.
Walker missed the Tampa Bay game Saturday after playing against Washington and Calgary last week. He returned last week after missing 15 games because of post-concussion symptoms, and Maurice said Walker experienced some discomfort during the Calgary game on Friday.
"He's fine," Maurice said after the morning skate. "But I think I'm more likely right now to leave the lineup the way it is."
Center Brandon Sutter has been recalled from Albany (AHL) after a conditioning stint but will not play tonight, Maurice said.
The Canes have four games this week against winning teams, against teams in playoff position or in the playoff chase. The Rangers have 76 points (tied with the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins), one point ahead of eighth-place Carolina in the Eastern Conference.
Later in the week come games at Chicago (fourth in the Western Conference) and Dallas (eighth), then at Washington, the Southeast Division leader.
"Grinding teams, skating teams," Maurice said. "There are going to be some physical (games).
"This is the first of the stretch now where it's almost as close to playoff hockey as you're going to get. The teams you're playing have something to play for. They're fighting just like you are."
The Rangers are 3-1-1 since firing coach Tom Renney and hiring John Tortorella, and have a three-game winning streak after their 4-3 win Sunday over the Boston Bruins in New York.
"I'm a fan of John's," Maurice said. "I've gotten to know him over the years from the Southeast (Division) and we've kind of kept in touch.
"I think Tom Renney did an outstanding job of taking that team from where it was, because they were in real trouble. He instituted a really good, solid defensive foundation (and) the second-best penalty kill in the league.
"So they did some good things and now they've added a coach who has opened the game up a little bit more. I think that's a good way to do it, a good process to go through."