After one game with Carolina, the Hurricanes have reassigned forward Aaron Palushaj to Charlotte.
Palushaj, who leads the Checkers in points with 39 points (15g, 24a), finished Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Montreal with one shot and two hits in 9:35 of ice time.
The 24-year-old has now appeared in two games for the Hurricanes this season. He made his debut on Jan. 5, in a 2-1 win for Carolina over Nashville at PNC Arena and has now played in 68 career NHL regular-season games with Montreal, Colorado and Carolina, scoring three goals and earning 11 assists (14 points).
Palushaj should be back in time to join the Checkers for their visit to Lake Erie on Thursday. The former 44th overall pick in 2007, is currently on a seven-game point streak with Charlotte and has recorded points in 16 of his last 18 overall (9g, 16a).
“(Recalling Palushaj) was their call,” said coach Jeff Daniels of the Hurricanes on Wednesday morning to Checkers team writer Paul Branecky, prior to the reassignment of Palushaj. “They watch the games and they know what’s going on. He played well in that one game up top when he was there (on Jan. 5) and obviously he’s been a big part of our success over the last month and a half. He earned it.”
Because Monday's game at Norfolk was postponed due to the snow, Palushaj remains one of just four Checkers to appear in all 41 games this season, joining Victor Rask, Justin Shugg and Mark Flood.
According to Branecky, Daniels also said that forward Brendan Woods (out since Jan. 17 with lower body injury) would have played on Tuesday night if the game had not been cancelled. Fellow, forward Sean Dolan (out since Dec. 1 with an upper body injury) participated in practice as well, while Nicolas Blanchard (out since Jan. 17 with upper body injury) got in some condition work while wearing a yellow non-contact jersey.
The Checkers (21-19-1) have won eight of their last 10 games and currently sit one-point out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.