Canes coach Paul Maurice says defenseman Joe Corvo is probable for Wednesday's game against the Calgary Flames.
Corvo last played in the Nov. 30 game against Washington, when he suffered a lower-leg laceration after being slashed by the skate of the Caps' Karl Alzner. He was placed on injured reserve Dec. 1 and was expected to miss two to three months.
"He's wanted to feel completely comfortable before returning," Maurice said. "He's still ahead of schedule."
Maurice did not say who Corvo would replace in the lineup, saying game-day decisions will be made.
Maurice said it's possible forward Erik Cole, out since Dec. 9 with an upper-body injury, could be back in the lineup Friday in Buffalo against the Sabres. He said forward Tuomo Ruutu, who also has an upper-body injury suffered in a fight against Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 8, should return next week.