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Notes: Wings relieved Eddie Lack is doing all right

Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Nosek back in the lineup: Luke Glendening out and Ben Street available

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

RALEIGH, N.C. - For everyone, it was the best outcome possible for Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack.

On the final play of the game when Andreas Athanasiou scored the winning goal in overtime, he collided with Lack, who lay on the ice for quite a while.

All of the Hurricanes and Red Wings remained on the ice until emergency personnel took Lack off on a stretcher.

Lack gave a thumbs-up on his way off the ice.

The Hurricanes released a statement saying that Lack had full feeling in his extremities and was undergoing tests at the hospital.

Tweet from @eddielack: Thanks for all thoughts and prayers��everything looks alright and I'll be able to go home tonight! Thanks for thinking of me��

This morning the Hurricanes announced that the scans of Lack were negative and he was released from UNC Rex Hospital last night. The diagnosis is a neck strain.

"It's obviously great," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I talked to (Hurricanes coach) Bill Peters last night. It felt after talking to him last night that he was going to be OK, that it was very precautionary, which I understand, they certainly have to do that. But thankfully, he's going to be all right."

Just after noon, Lack tweeted more good news.

Tweet from @eddielack: I'll keep doing test and rehab today to get back as soon as possible. Great to see the guys this morning��thanks to everyone who stayed on...

Tweet from @eddielack: The ice yesterday and @DetroitRedWings players and staff. Classy organization with a classy captain.

The Hurricanes recalled goaltender Alex Nedelikovic from Florida of the ECHL to back up Cam Ward under emergency conditions.

LINEUP ISSUES: Ben Street is back with the Wings.

The last time the Wings recalled Street under emergency conditions, he did not play as Frans Nielsen was fine to go.

Now there's some uncertainty with the Wings playing their third game in three days.

"We have a little bit of unknown so our lineup will be determined after warm-ups," Blashill said. "So if there's any issues, then he's available to play."

Tomas Nosek is already back in the lineup, replacing Luke Glendening, who left after the first period Monday with a lower-body injury.

Jimmy Howard will take his turn in the goaltending rotation as Petr Mrazek won the overtime game Monday.

"For sure, the fact that they've been rotating, so it's just a normal kind of situation for him every other day so it's no issue," Blashill said. "He's obviously played real strong all season long."

THIRD IN THREE: On Sunday at home against Minnesota, captain Henrik Zetterberg played more than any other player, 22:09, just ahead of Mike Green's 22:03.

In the second game of the three games in three days, Justin Abdelkader played 20:52 and Nielsen played 20:46, both ahead of Zetterberg's 18:17.

Green clocked in at a team-high 24:49.

"We can't worry about match-ups," Blashill said. "We have to roll our lines. We have to have short shifts, play at a high speed in short shifts. Can't get out there in long shifts, that's what really grinds you. I don't think there's been too much where our team's been caught in long shifts and really been ground down so I think we should be fresh. I think the good thing is the travel's been easy. We traveled in here, got in here by 6-7 o'clock at night, last night was no travel. To me, that's the biggest factor. This certainly won't be a barrier to success at all."

HELM'S RETURN: Darren Helm returned Monday night after missing four games with a lower-body injury.

"I eased Helmer in a little bit but I thought he played well," Blashill said after the game. "In the end, it was important he tested that leg. He wasn't sure, it doesn't feel 100 percent, so he wasn't sure how he was going to feel out there, but he was in some battles. Obviously, the second period, had the big penalty kill."

Helm played 11:34 with two shots on goal, including a breakaway.

RENOUF BACK TO GRIFFINS: Defenseman Dan Renouf made a solid debut for the Wings Monday night.

Renouf played 13:35 and finished with one shot and three hits.

"I thought early on, he looked a little bit nervous, but as the game went on, he got better and better," Blashill said. "The big hit in the second, gapped up well, closed gaps well. I thought he got better as the game went along."

Blashill said Niklas Kronwall is ready to play tonight.

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