PITTSBURGH -- Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu was feeling sore today but said he hopes to be able to play in Game 2 on Thursday against the Penguins.
"Having the extra day off should help," he said. "I feel like I should be ready."
Ruutu suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 1. Ruutu fell and said a Penguins player fell on him.
The Canes also lost forward Erik Cole later in the game after a knee-on-knee hit from the Pens' Matt Cooke.
Canes coach Paul Maurice said today that he had no further update on either player.
"We're not going to know for a little while," Maurice said.
Maurice said the staff still is debating who might replace Cole or Ruutu, or both, if they're unable to go.
"We restructure the lines," he said. "It's not just that the next guy in is this guy. We may consider where (Jussi) Jokinen would go — would he stay at center or move to the wing. That would affect who comes in."
Another option could be to dress seven defensemen and get Anton Babchuk back into the lineup.
The Canes would miss the toughness and grittiness of Cole and Ruutu if they have to sit out, Maurice said, especially in the rough-and-tumble of a playoff series.
"They're important for exactly that reason," he said. "Ruutu didn't actually touch the puck in the first two series, he just hit everything that moved. And Erik we felt ... was coming and starting to get better and really move.
"So those are important pieces to what we do with our style. But it won't change our style that much. We'll still play pretty much the same way."