Scott Darling's getting back in the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes netminder was activated from injured reserve Monday and then subsequently assigned to the AHL's Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning stint, general manager Don Waddell announced.
Darling is set to play in Wednesday's AHL contest against the Utica Comets. It will mark his first appearance since he suffered a lower-body injury in the Hurricanes' final preseason game on Sept. 30.
With Darling sidelined, the Hurricanes have turned to Petr Mrazek, who was signed as a free agent over the summer, and Curtis McElhinney, who was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carolina is 4-3-1 through eight games and sits atop the Metropolitan Division with nine points.
The 29-year-old Darling's in his second season with the Hurricanes and is looking to make up for a poor showing in 2017-18. Across 43 contests last season, he came away with just 13 wins and an abysmal .888 save percentage. He's under contract through the 2020-21 campaign.