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Gameday: Red Wings vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Déjà vu all over again.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to game two of this back-to-back set between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

The Hurricanes will not hold a morning skate in this back-to-back situation, but all your gameday-centric content can still be found right here.

Last updated: 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Mike Maniscalco delivers tonight's Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina three Tools to Victory.

Video: Tools to Victory: DET vs. CAR

6:40 p.m.

As promised, head coach Bill Peters has juggled his team's forward lines heading into tonight's rematch between the Red Wings and Hurricanes. Here's how the team lined up in warm-ups.

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The puck drops at PNC Arena in 30 minutes!

5:15 p.m.

The news regarding Eddie Lack's scary-looking injury from last night 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," head coach Bill Peters said. "But I think we dodged a bullet there."

There's even a chance Lack could return to the ice in the final weeks of the season.

"I think so. I hope so," Peters said. "I'm being optimistic with that."

Considering what could have been, perhaps today's news can provide a spark of energy for the Canes' in the latter half of a back-to-back.

"Everyone was kind of on pins and needles waiting to hear the news. We got the text or email, whatever was sent out last night. That allows you to breathe a little easier and get a little bit of sleep, anyway. It's definitely on your mind," Peters said. "Now we've got to find a way to park it and play a game."

As far as tonight's rematch goes, Matt Tennyson will draw into the lineup on the back-end, replacing Ryan Murphy who will not play with a lower-body injury.

More from the head coach ahead of tonight's game.

On the 3-in-3 for Detroit and the back-to-back for Carolina: "That's fine. 3-in-3, back-to-back, everyone's done it in their life, many a time. Now you just go out and play."

On what he expects from tonight's game: "We've got to get off to a good start here tonight and get a little bit of an O-zone grind game going. I don't think we did much of that last night, and we need to establish some O-zone time."

On what he'd like to see cleaned up from last night: "We turned the puck over a little bit. We made it harder than it needed to be in the neutral zone, so we need to clean that up. If we do that, it will allow us to play in the O-zone more. Those two things kind of go hand-in-hand."

Video: Bill Peters: "I think we dodged a bullet"

11:25 a.m.

First, the good news on Eddie Lack. He was released from UNC REX Hospital on Monday night after his scans came back clean, and he's been diagnosed with a neck strain.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: Also, a special stick tap to the @DetroitRedWings players and fans for the sportsmanship and concern they displayed for Eddie last night.

Lack won't be available tonight, though, so the Hurricanes recalled Alex Nedeljkovic from Florida (ECHL) to back up Cam Ward. Nedeljkovic made his NHL debut in relief on Jan. 17 in Columbus, making 17 saves on the 17 shots he faced.

6:00 a.m.

A dark cloud of uncertainty hung low over the result of the first of two straight meetings between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes earned a point in a 4-3 loss to the Red Wings, but it was the injury to goaltender Eddie Lack on the game-winning goal that was of chief concern.

While attempting to make a game-saving stop, Lack was on the receiving end of a high-speed collision, as Andreas Arthanasiou plowed into the Canes' goaltender just after sliding in the game-winning shot.

"It's hard to think about the game," Jordan Staal said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Eddie right now."

"I'm not really thinking about [the game]. Just worried about Eddie. I think everyone in this room is," Justin Faulk said. "Hoping he's OK. The game is one thing, but there are some things that are more important."

Lack was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher and transported to UNC Rex Hospital for further evaluation. The Hurricanes announced he had full feeling in his extremities, and Lack himself later tweeted that "everything looks alright" and that he'd be able to go home Monday night.

"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," Staal said. "Hopefully he recovers from this quick whatever it may be and he's back on the ice very soon."

In the span of less than three minutes of game time, the Hurricanes' pendulum of emotions swung from utter jubilation to frightened silence. Faulk's second goal of the game, scored at the 19:08 mark of the third period, tied the game at three and forced overtime - a big, big point in the standings, as the Hurricanes continue to make a playoff push. Then, just before the two-minute mark of overtime, Lack writhed in pain on the ice, the two teams huddled around him and the attending medical staff.

Less than 24 hours later, the Hurricanes will have to again shift their emotions and focus to more hockey with another extremely vital two points on the line against the same team.

"It's our job. We've got to come in and play," Faulk said. "Nothing really else, I guess, you can do. I don't know if there's any magic formula or any special trick to get your mind right for tomorrow."

"We are going to regroup and come back with the right answer tomorrow," head coach Bill Peters said. "Right now, I think everyone is thinking about their teammate. That's kind of where our thoughts are. We'll come in tomorrow, know more about that situation and then refocus on hockey."

CANESPR NOTES: Elias Lindholm (10 games) and Sebastian Aho (six games) saw their point streaks come to an end on Monday, but Jeff Skinner extended his goal streak to six games with his 31st of the season, scored in the first period to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. … The Hurricanes are now 3-0-2 in their last five games against the Red Wings at PNC Arena.




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