Defenseman Joni Pitkanen is out but Tim Gleason will be back in.
Canes coach Paul Maurice said today that Pitkanen will sit out Thursday's game against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury. Pitkanen, injured Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, is day to day, Maurice said.
Gleason will be back in the lineup for the Islanders, Maurice said. The defenseman took a shot off the left hand Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and missed the games against Buffalo and Boston.
While the Canes have others with less-serious injuries, Maurice said "tape and aspirin" should take care of it. Forward Sergei Samsonov and defensemen Niclas Wallin and Joe Corvo all were banged up in the Bruins game and taken to the locker room, but all returned to the game.
Maurice cancelled today's scheduled practice at the RecZone, saying that given the time of the season and the wear and tear of playing four games in six nights, "The last place we need to be is on the ice today."
Maurice said the coaching staff is considering possible line changes but that nothing had been decided. He said Cam Ward would be in goal for the Islanders game, and that no decision had been made on the starting goaltender for Friday's game with Tampa Bay at the RBC Center.
"Right now we're living one day at a time," he said.