Canes captain Eric Staal was at the morning skate Monday at 10:30 a.m.
Whether he's on the ice at 7 p.m. and set to play against the New Jersey Devils remains to be seen.
Staal took a puck to the lower leg on a shot by Justin Faulk in the final two minutes of Sunday's game against Detroit. He limped off the ice and was on crutches after game.
Canes coach Bill Peters said Staal's availability would be a game-time decision Monday. He said an extra forward would go through warmups in case Staal is not able to play.
"He tried, came off a little sore," Peters said of the skate.
Goaltender Cam Ward was one of the players sitting out the morning skate -- along with Jeff Skinner, Alex Semin, Ron Hainsey and John-Michael Liles -- but will start against the Devils, Peters said.
"The challenge we have right now is offensively we've got to score more," Peters said. "We've got to get more pucks in behind the goaltender and we've got to start on time."
The Canes were beaten 3-1 by the Red Wings after a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Canes had 30 shots against the Caps and then 35 against the Wings, including 10 from Skinner, but managed just two goals.
The Canes have scored six goals in their past four games and are averaging 2.23 a game, 26th in the NHL.
"We need more net traffic, more second-chance opportunities," Skinner said Monday.
Peters said the Canes, who outshot the Wings 35-22, had 11 scoring chances in the game by the staff's count. The rebounds were there, he said, "But we just couldn't find it."
Peters plans to get forwards Brad Malone and Chris Terry and defenseman Jay Harrison into the lineup against the Devils. Defenseman Tim Gleason and Brett Bellemore took extra work after the skate and should be the extras on D.
The Devils (10-13-4) are 1-4-2 in their past seven and are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Caps on Saturday. Jaromir Jagr will play in his 1,500th NHL game.