Elias Lindholm returned to practice Tuesday but Alexander Semin again was absent as the Canes continue to gear up for Friday's opener against Detroit.

Lindholm has been slowed by a hand injury and played only in the Canes' first preseason game. The Canes' first-round draft pick has missed practices but spent considerable time being led through conditioning workouts by assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour.

If you know anything about Brind'Amour you know there's not much down time. It's skating followed by more skating.

"He doesn't want any more of Roddy's practices" Muller joked. "He pushes them to the point where they say 'Forget it I want to practice.'

"There's nothing like game shape. To get into the timing for him is important especially coming from Europe with the smaller rink here and getting your timing as the centerman. He still hasn't had enough play time here to get used to the style here. These practices will be big for him ... to see if he's a player for opening night or not."

Semin continues to miss time for a hand injury although he also has been skating with Brind'Amour. Muller said Semin was "50-50" for being in the opening-night roster.

Lindholm was used Tuesday on the fourth line with Brett Sutter and Kevin Westgarth. Radek Dvorak was on Eric Staal's line with Jiri Tlusty while Jordan Staal continued to center Nathan Gerbe and Pat Dwyer and Riley Nash with Jeff Skinner and Drayson Bowman.

Muller said Lindholm can be used at either center or right wing.