Adams, 32, had not missed a Hurricanes game since Feb. 21, 2004, when he was sidelined for eight games with a knee injury. Including the post-season, he had played 162 consecutive games for the Hurricanes - the longest active streak among Carolina players.
He has two goals, two assists and 17 penalty minutes in 34 games this season.
Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour returned to the ice Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers after missing the previous four games with a lower body injury. He was among the NHL's scoring leaders before the injury, and the team was 1-3 in his absence.