Note by Matt: Eddie Lack was sent to Charlotte on a conditioning stint for the weekend after his injury layoff. He was recalled to the NHL on Sunday and should rejoin the Hurricanes on Monday. The Hurricanes have a back-to-back set with travel this weekend which could be an opportunity to get Lack back into the mix.
Game 1 – Friday
On Friday (Jan. 27) Eddie Lack started his first professional game at goaltender since November 10, 2016. He was sent down to Charlotte on a conditioning stint after suffering a concussion in practice that lead to him missing a significant amount of time. Lack quickly shook off any rust he might have had as he stopped 28 out of 29 shots and helped lead to Checkers to a 4-1 victory. The only goal he let in was a rebound off a one-timed shot that he was not able to get his glove on. Manitoba forward JC Lipon was left alone in front for a tap in. Other than that, Lack did not have a single moment during Friday night’s game where he looked overwhelmed by anything that the Manitoba Moose threw at him. He also looked calm and confident when handling the puck behind the net. His efforts during his first game back was also good enough to earn him the third star of the night.
Game 2 – Saturday
The next night Eddie Lack made his second appearance of the weekend, this time in a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Manitoba Moose. He still played a solid game, saving 31 of 33 shots thrown his way. The first goal Lack let in was a long shot from the point that was tipped right before the puck got to him and the whole trajectory of the shot changed at the last second. He is not at fault for the second goal either because it was a one-timed shot right off the face-off and Moose forward Kyle Connor was left alone in front of the net for a tap in. He continued to look just as calm and confident as he did the night before and there was no visible rust shown in his game. Altogether Lack stopped 59 out of 62 shots for a .951 save percentage and a 1.50 GAA. With how he played Lack looks absolutely ready for playing time at the next level.