Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack has been diagnosed with a neck strain, the team announced this morning.
Lack was injured on the final play of Monday's game versus Detroit and was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher. The 29-year-old Swedish netminder was transported to UNC REX Hospital to undergo evaluation and was released Monday night upon news that his scans were negative.
"He's had a tough season with injuries and all the stuff that's gone on for him. To see him play as well as he has as of late and giving us a chance to make a push has been a lot of fun," Jordan Staal said after Monday's game. "Hopefully he recovers from this quick whatever it may be and he's back on the ice very soon."
In advance of their Tuesday rematch with Detroit, the Hurricanes recalled goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic from Florida of the ECHL on an emergency basis for Lack.
Lack tweeted further updates around lunch on Tuesday.
Late Tuesday afternoon, head coach Bill Peters provided some more information on Lack's condition, and the news continues to be positive.
"He's stiff and sore, as you can imagine, and he's going to get some more treatment here this evening when he comes back and gets looked at," Peters said. "I think we dodged a bullet there."
Given the positive diagnosis, Peters was asked if Lack could potentially return to game action this season.
"I think so. I hope so," he said. "I'm being optimistic with that."