The Carolina Hurricanes returned home — finally — for a semi-lengthy stint back at the friendly confines of their home rink yesterday, and hit the ice for practice at Raleigh Center Ice this morning.
Jordan Staal (concussion) and Elias Lindholm (lower-body) were both back on the ice this morning. Staal has missed six games, Lindholm four, and it looks increasingly like both will be available to play tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks.
“If [Staal] is cleared, he’s going to play,” Canes coach Bill Peters said. “I think the biggest thing is to see how he reacts today. I thought he was very good today. We’ll see how he feels in the morning.”
Peters described Lindholm as “real close” and said that if either Staal or Lindholm, or both, is cleared to play tomorrow, they will be in the lineup tomorrow night. To that end, Peters said that the coaching staff would prepare three lineups for tomorrow night, and which one they used will be based upon the availability of both players.
Phil Di Giuseppe was not at practice today, and the word came out this afternoon that he has been reassigned to the AHL Charlotte Checkers, who desperately need his offensive skill to help the team break out of its current seven-game losing streak. Since Lindholm was never moved to injured reserve after his injury, the Canes do not need to make another roster move to open a space for both players to play tomorrow night.
The release from the team is below.
CANES REASSIGN PHIL DI GIUSEPPE TO CHARLOTTE
Forward has seven points in eight games with Checkers this season
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned forward Phil Di Giuseppe to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Di Giuseppe, 23, has earned two points (1g, 1a) in 18 games this season with the Hurricanes, including the overtime game-winning goal on Dec. 4 against Tampa Bay. The Maple, Ont., native posted seven points (2g, 5a) in eight games with Charlotte during his first AHL stint this season, from Nov. 12-27. In 59 career NHL games with Carolina, Di Giuseppe (6’0”, 200 lbs.) has notched eight goals and earned 11 assists (19 points), and he has posted 21 goals and 35 assists (56 points) in 112 career AHL games with the Checkers. The Hurricanes drafted Di Giuseppe in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.