With Patrick Dwyer back at practice Wednesday, the Canes had 12 forwards available and were able to put together the four lines that should be used Friday in the season opener.
Ryan Murphy, who filled in at forward Tuesday, was back in a black defenseman's jersey. And goalie Cam Ward continued to work in the north-end crease, usually the domain of the goalie due to start the next game.
The Canes open the season against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena. Canes coach Bill Peters did not commit to a starter Wednesday, saying he would wait a day to name both the starter in net and the team's alternate captains.
Dwyer, who has been out with a lower-body injury, wore a yellow no-contact jersey and was on Jay McClement's line with Brad Malone. Riley Nash centered Chris Terry and Patrick Brown.
The top two lines remain unchanged from Tuesday. Eric Staal will center the top line with Jiri Tlusty and Alex Semin, who left practice early Wednesday. Victor Rask is centering Nathan Gerbe and Elias Lindholm.
Peters again was asked about going into the season without Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner, both injured and out. His refrain was the same: "We'll be fine. We'll get these guys back eventually and the young guys will play in the meantime and we'll find a way to get it done."
Peters said he has detected no dip in team morale or lack of concentration in practice, saying, "When they're at the rink it's all business."
The Canes play the Islanders again Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It's a back-to-back Metropolitan Division matchup but presents no major problem, Peters said.
"I think it's great. I don't mind playing a team back-to-back," Peters said.
The Canes faced the Islanders in preseason, winning 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 24. That was a day after playing the Buffalo Sabres on the road -- and losing Jordan Staal to a broken leg.
The Isles have since added defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. They'll have a different look on the back end.
"We know how they play," Peters said of Leddy and Boychuk.
As for the Canes, Peters said playing without Skinner and Staal will mean taking a "less is more" approach on the ice and the players realizing they need to be efficient in what they do.
"We just have to play a simple, smart game," he said.