With forward Scott Walker not expected to play in Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the RBC Center, the Hurricanes recalled forward Michael Ryan from their AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats on Wednesday.
Walker didn't feel well after Tuesday's loss to the New York Rangers in Manhattan.
Ryan, a Boston native, got his first NHL action in two games this season against the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers, after the Hurricanes signed him as a free agent at the end of October. He played scant minutes, though.
He had been on a bit of a tear lately, getting 13 goals in the last 10 games. Ryan, 28, has a team-high 23 goals and 36 points in 36 games.