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Hurricanes Notebook: Murphy's Status Questionable

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
MINNEAPOLIS – When the Carolina Hurricanes hit the ice for practice at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena, they were down a defenseman.

Ryan Murphy did not skate with the team on Friday due to an upper-body concern, head coach Bill Peters said. Murphy’s status for Saturday’s afternoon match-up against the Minnesota Wild is questionable, so the Hurricanes will recall defenseman Trevor Carrick.

“We’ll give it the rest of the day and get an assessment on him in the morning,” Peters said.

Carrick made his NHL debut in Washington on Tuesday night in another short-notice situation when Ron Hainsey fell ill. Carrick practiced with the team Wednesday in Pittsburgh before being reassigned to the Charlotte Checkers, who begin a set of three-in-three in Milwaukee tonight.

“He played real good in Washington,” Peters said of Carrick. “I thought he settled in and made real smart decisions with the puck. He moved it crisply. Game two should be a little easier for him.”

Cleaning Things Up

It wasn’t that the Hurricanes were dissatisfied with their effort in Pittsburgh, a 4-2 loss. Rather, the team just wants to clean up a number of aspects of their game and play with more possession. On Thursday night, the Penguins fired off 48 shots on Eddie Lack, 22 of which were in the first period alone. It was the most shots the Hurricanes had surrendered in a game this season and the most in a single period since Jan. 21, 2012, when the Canes allowed 23 in the second period of a 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders.

“We had a good little skate here today and worked on some things,” Peters said. “We’ve got to get back to playing a little quicker, playing with more pace, having the puck, spending some time in the offensive zone. Last night specifically we spent too much time defending.”

Lack Takes Over Snapchat

If you haven’t downloaded Snapchat yet, now might be a good time to do so.

We’ve turned over the keys of our Snapchat account (username: nhlcanes) to Eddie Lack for the day, and he’s providing an inside look at the last leg of the Canes’ five-game road trip on a practice day with plenty of humor and selfies thrown in.

Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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