It's only about 160 miles from Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena to Raleigh’s PNC Arena, so Drive Jordan may be a more appropriate nickname than Air. Regardless, Charlotte Checkers defenseman Michal Jordan will be recalled to the Hurricanes Thursday and could make his NHL debut tonight when Carolina hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jordan, the latest in a long line former Plymouth Whalers to crack the Canes roster, has big skates — and shoes — to fill if he does play tonight. With Carolina’s two highest paid defensemen, Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason, out and questionable, respectively, with injuries, Jordan would be one of four blueliners under the age of 25 playing this evening. He also, of course, has to emerge from the most daunting of Triangle shadows since he's one letter shy of sharing a name with one of the most well-known athletes ever — former North Carolina basketball and NBA superstar Michael Jordan.