Ward allowed three goals on 28 shots in the Hurricanes loss in Edmonton on October 18th. Eddie Lack started the last two games, but they will go back to Ward tonight in Detroit. Ward has lost each of his first twostarts while allowing a combined eight goals on 54 shots (.852 SV%). He draws a tough matchup against a Red Wings team that has won four in a row.
Skinner missed Monday’s practice and is questionable for Tuesday’s game in Detroit.
Skinner did not appear to be hurt in Saturday’s loss to the Flyers, but he was mixed up in a fight with Wayne Simmonds. Head coach Bill Peters said that Skinner is not concussed thinks “he’s OK.” Skinner’s availability for Tuesday’s game remains up in the air so monitor his status during the Hurricanes’ gameday skate.
Lack will make his second straight start on Saturday.
Lack allowed two goals on 26 shots in the Hurricanes win in Calgary on Thursday. It was a much better performance than his season debut and earned him a second straight start. Tonight he faces a Philadelphia team that has lost three straight games but they’ve been averaging 3.25 goals per game so far this season.
Lack allowed four goals on 31 shots in the Hurricanes’ loss in Vancouver on Sunday. The Hurricanes were unable to hold onto a big lead for the second straight game and have yet to win this season. Tonight he will take on a Calgary team that has started 1-2-1 while scoring 3.00 goals per game.
Ward allowed five goals on 26 shots in the Hurricanes’ overtime loss in Winnipeg last Thursday. Eddie Lack started on Sunday, also in a losing effort, so they’ll go back to Ward tonight in Edmonton. The Oilers are coming off of an ugly performance, but with Connor McDavid leading the way, they’re a dangerous matchup on any given night.
Lack starts vs. his former team in Vancouver on Sunday.
Cam Ward started the Hurricanes’ season opener on Thursday, but they will turn to Lack in game No.2 in Vancouver. Lack spent the first two years of his career with the Canucks, so tonight will be a homecoming of sorts. He faced his former team once last year and allowed three goals on 21 shots in a losing effort.
The Hurricanes have sent Roland McKeown to Charlotte (AHL).
McKeown, 20, was drafted 50th overall in 2014 and was acquired from the Kings last season in a trade that sent Kris Versteeg to Los Angeles. McKeown spent last year in Kingston (OHL), posting 42 points (7G / 35A) in 59 games.
Ward will start the Hurricanes season opener in Winnipeg.
Ward was the better of the two Hurricanes’ goaltenders last year, but that isn’t saying much. Ward was 23-17-10 with a 2.41 GAA and .909 SV% in 2015-16. Ward has been the definition of mediocre over the last four years, going five games over .500 with a 2.58 GAA and .907 SV%. Tonight he faces a Jets team that was tied for 20th in scoring last year, but an infusion of quality young talent has them looking more dangerous this season.
The Hurricanes have claimed Klas Dahlbeck off of waivers from the Coyotes.
Dahlbeck, 25, had eight points (2G / 6A) in 71 games with the Coyotes last year. Dahlbeck has good size (6’3” / 207 lbs.), but doesn’t play an overly physical brand of hockey and is not very offensive either. Dahlbeck has 12 points (3G / 9A) in 94 career NHL games with Chicago and Arizona.
The Hurricanes signed Jakub Nakladal to a one-year deal worth $600K on Sunday.
Nakladal, 28, split his time between the AHL and NHL in 2015-16, totalling five points (2G / 3A) in 27 games with the Flames and 14 points (2G / 12A) in 35 games with the Stockton Heat. The 6-foot-2, 212 lbs. defenseman adds depth to the Hurricanes’ blueline but figures to start the year in the AHL.
The Hurricanes claimed Martin Frk off of waivers from the Red Wings on Sunday.
Frk, 23, was a second round pick (49th overall) in 2012, but never cracked the Red Wings roster. The Czech winger appeared in 67 games with Grand Rapids (AHL) a season ago, collecting 27 goals and 17 assists (44 points). Frk will join his former teammate Andrej Nestrasil as waiver claims from Detroit in Carolina.
The Hurricanes have signed Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K.
Leighton, 35, spent the las two season with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL)—the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate—he went 28-8-8 with a 2.44 GAA and .918 SV%. The 15-year veteran also appeared in one game with Chicago and has 35 career NHL wins while posting a 2.96 GAA and .901 SV% in 106 games.
The Hurricanes signed Victor Rask to a six-year contract extension worth $24 million ($4.0M AAV) on July 12th.
Rask, 23, is coming off of his second full NHL season and it was a good one. After a solid rookie campaign, Rask notched 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points, which was tied for second on the team. Rask has settled in as the Hurricanes’ second-line centre behind Jordan Staal and should push for 50 points in 2016-17.