Derek Joslin, the extra defenseman in Sunday's game at Florida, was filling in today for center Brandon Sutter in practice at the RBC Center.
Joslin was at center with Anthony Stewart and Andreas Nodl on the fourth line, and also scored on the shootout that ended practice.
Canes coach Kirk Muller said Sutter was taking a maintenance day for a lower-body concern but would play this week against the Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators heading into the Christmas break.
"He needed some fixin' up," Muller said of Sutter.
Muller said the toughest part of the pre-Christmas schedule was focusing on the work at hand.
"There's a lot of distractions right now, families coming in," Muller said. "We're all human beings. It's a big celebration time of the year, obviously.
"That's what we talked about today, that we've had a good focus so far the last five or six games. We've got two games left ... and need to be prepared and be ready t...