Hurricanes activate Cole off IR

RALEIGH, NC -- Carolina Hurricanes left winger Erik Cole was activated from the injured reserve list Thursday after missing seven games.

Cole has been out since Feb. 20 with a torn muscle near his hip. Before the injury, he ranked fifth on the team with 51 points (25 goals, 26 assists).

The defending Stanley Cup champions, clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, play Friday against the Washington Capitals.