Goertzen will fill in for Canes' forward Chad LaRose, who suffered an upper-body injury Saturday night and did not accompany the team this week on a four-game road trip.
Goertzen, an energy player who was picked up as a free agent during the offseason, will make his first appearance with the Canes tomorrow night in Calgary against the Flames.
Goertzen has six goals, seven assists and a plus-1 rating in 45 contests with the River Rats this season. He has 33 penalty minutes, including three fighting majors.
Goertzen has 62 games of NHL experience with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes.
The call-up leaves the River Rats with just 10 healthy forwards.