Last night, the Carolina Hurricanes made an emergency recall of Clark Bishop from the Charlotte Checkers. Bishop played in both games this weekend for the Checkers, splitting their first-round series 1-1 with the Providence Bruins. Today, the Hurricanes look like they’ll need him on the ice for an even more important playoff game as Andrei Svechnikov, Micheal Ferland and Jordan Martinook continue to deal with injuries. Though nothing is certain at this point, team reporter Michael Smith projects Bishop to jump in on the left side of Greg McKegg on the Hurricanes’ fourth line.
If he does get into the lineup for the team’s elimination game against the Washington Capitals tonight, at least it won’t be completely unfamiliar. Bishop played 20 games with the Hurricanes this season, recording his first NHL goal in early December. Twice he suited up against the Capitals, though the Hurricanes failed to win either game.
With so much riding on this game however, head coach Rod Brind’Amour won’t rule out a return of his three injured forwards until the last moment. All three skated this morning according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer, but without getting in a full practice it is unclear who would be ready for game action. If it’s Bishop, he won’t be able to replace the offense that any of them bring to the table. The 23-year old forward scored just six points in 38 games for the Checkers this season.