Ferland (upper body) is hoping to be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The winger told reporters, "I'd be shocked if I'm not playing Game 1," Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Ferland was originally targeting Game 4 versus the Islanders for a potential return to the lineup, but instead missed his eighth consecutive game due to his upper-body issue. The Manitoba native figures to slot into a top-six role once cleared to return, likely bumping Warren Foegele off the top line, though putting Ferland in a third-line role would spread out the Canes' scoring options.

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