Lines tweaked after Terry recall from Checkers

calexander@newsobserver.comNovember 7, 2013 

The recall of forward Chris Terry from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) have caused a few tweaks in the Canes' lines for Thursday's game against the New York Islanders.

Terry will be on Riley Nash's line opposite Pat Dwyer, and Tuomo Ruutu has been moved from Nash's line to Jordan Staal's line opposite Nathan Gerbe.

"They've had some chemistry at times and now it's more about consistency," Canes coach Kirk Muller said of Ruutu and Staal. "With Chris Terry coming up, he's familiar with Nash from Charlotte. Jordan has a little spark plug there with Gerbe and (Ruutu)."

Terry was recalled Wednesday as rookie forward Elias Lindholm was assigned to the Checkers. Muller said Lindholm, the team's first-round draft pick this year, could be in Charlotte for a few weeks.

Lindholm, 18, has missed some games and practice time with a shoulder problem. He now has played 10 games with the Canes, activating his three-year, entry-level contract.

"You look at an 18-year-old who missed camp and missed a lot of hockey, and he's come to play a North American game he's not familiar with," Muller said. "You put that all together, I think he was doing pretty good. But I think it gives him a chance to kind of his the re-set button, go down, play a lot of minutes, get used to the style over here a little bit more, get full confidence in the things he's capable of doing.

"It could be a two-, three-week stint. I don't think it has to be a long one. I think he just needs to get playing a lot of minutes, get that confidence up and get comfortable with his game. At the right time we'll get him back up and pop him in."

Muller said Thursday that forward Jeff Skinner likely would be out two more weeks. Skinner has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury, and consulted with a doctor in New York this week for a second opinion on an apparent hand injury.

Injured goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, and defenseman Tim Gleason were at PNC Arena Thursday going through off-ice workouts.

The Canes (5-7-3) are seeking a second straight victory on home ice against an Islanders team they edged 4-3 on the road Oct. 19. The four goals were a season high for Carolina, which has scored seven goals in the six games since the Metropolitan Division game on Long Island.

The Canes were scoreless the first 59 minutes Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers before tying the score 1-1 in the final minute of regulation and winning 2-1 in overtime. That snapped a five-game skid.

"It was good because the stuff we were preaching is we've got to stay with the program and do all the little things," Muller said.

Goaltender Justin Peters will make his sixth straight start for the Canes.

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