Defenseman Joni Pitkanen will be held out of tonight's game at Dallas as a precaution, Canes coach Paul Maurice said today, but should play Saturday at Washington.
Pitkanen suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday in the game at Chicago.
"Joni is doing OK," Maurice said. "If he was 100 percent, he'd play tonight. We feel if he sits out tonight's game we fully expect he'll be ready for Washington."
Frantisek Kaberle will replace Pitkanen in the lineup, Maurice said.
Cam Ward will start his 17th consecutive game in goal, Maurice said. Maurice had hinted that Michael Leighton might get a start during the trip, giving Ward a night off.
"Cam feels good," Maurice said. "He's ready to go, so he'll go. Then we have three days off after Washington."
Tonight's game will be the fifth in seven days for the Canes.
"These stretches can be brutal," Maurice said. "It's a real testament to our guys that they have played this well."