Hurricanes place Gleason, Pitkanen on IR

The Carolina Hurricanes have placed defensemen Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 12.

Gleason and Pitkanen both missed Carolina's 3-1 victory over Toronto on Thursday with lower-body injuries. Gleason has registered two assists in 12 games this season, while Pitkanen has one goal and six points in 12 games.

Also on Monday, the Hurricanes recalled forwards Riley Nash and Jeremy Welsh from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Nash, the 21st overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, appeared in five games with Carolina last season and registered one assist. Welsh skated with the Hurricanes earlier this season and has zero points in two career games.