Canes forward Jussi Jokinen was back on the ice today, although not for long.
Jokinen, who injured his left leg Tuesday against Tampa Bay, did some early skating before the Canes' practice at Raleigh Center Ice. He left as the noon practice was about to begin.
"It's still day to day," Canes coach Paul Maurice said. "He's not ready for full practice yet. We're just waiting for it now."
Eric Staal and Chad LaRose were not on the ice today. Maurice said it was a "maintenance day" for each forward, saying they would play Sunday against the Dallas Stars.
Maurice would not say what changes, if any, would be made for the afternoon game with the Stars, who are 9-3-0 and have won their last two. The Canes (5-5-3) had one of their worst periods of the season Friday against the Washington Capitals, losing focus and allowing three goals in the third period of an ugly 5-1 loss.
Maurice said what he wanted to see out of his team tomorrow is a "sustained energy level, on the bench and on the ice. Not perfect execution of every movement (but) a very high energy level."
Maurice said a review of the Caps games showed that it was a generally evenly played game five-on-five. What was lacking, he said, was the Canes playing on a higher emotional level than the Caps.
"It was even and that doesn't do us any good," he said. "It's a function of who we are and how we have to play to win. It's not like we were unemotional or not passionate in the game. It's just that it wasn't at a level that we need to get to, to beat those teams. We can't play those teams even on emotion."
Maurice said the Canes played at that higher emotional level in beating the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, but not against the Philadelphia Flyers and the Caps. The Canes also lost 5-1 to the Flyers.
Of the Stars game, Maurice said, "We have to make amends." Maurice said the Stars play a hard, grinding game much like the Ottawa Senators -- a "meat-and-potatoes game that they play at a high level."
"It's going to be a filthy grind. It's not going to be pretty," he said.
Defenseman Tim Gleason said the Canes needed to be ready for such a grind, both Sunday and in all other games.
"I think where our trouble has been is playing 60 full minutes," Gleason said today.
"I don't know if it's the mental preparation or if it's individual preparation or what the case is. We just have to come to play. We need to play now."