Canes goaltender Cam Ward did not practice today but forward Chad LaRose did at Raleigh Center Ice.
Ward was taking a "maintenance day" and did his work off ice, Canes coach Kirk Muller said.
LaRose, coming off an upper-body injury, was wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey today and Muller said he was not sure when he would get back in the lineup. The Canes face the Washington Capitals tomorrow at the RBC Center, then have a road game Saturday against the New York Islanders.
"He's working," Muller said. "We'll see how he feels after a physical push again."
Asked about LaRose's availability for the Caps game, Muller said, "My thing was to wait and see if he's even healthy enough to play. I said let's give him two hard practices, yesterday and today ... and see how he recovered before I even consider it being an option.
"I think it's important, with the way he plays, with that injury that he needs to be 100 percent to be effective and do his job."
Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek put in a second straight practice with a full cage but will not play against the Caps, Muller said. Spacek was hit in the face by a puck last week against the Flyers.
Muller again had forward Zac Dalpe on a line today with Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen. Dalpe, called up this week from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), also was being used on the first power-play unit with Skinner and Eric Staal.
"It's the dynamics of the personnel," Muller said of putting Dalpe on Skinner's line. "We need a winger in that area. With the 12 (forwards) that we have, it's probably the right spot to place him in where it doesn't kind of disrupt everything else."
On the power play, Muller said he wanted a player in the slot with a righthanded shot who is a shooting threat.
"It's a good opportunity and I've just got to take advantage of it and not much too much pressure on myself," Dalpe said.
Dalpe said he had played with Skinner and Jokinen before, but only for a few shifts.
Forward Jerome Samson (upper-body injury) did not practice today but again skated after the team workout and is considered day-to-day.