Eddie Lack is back in his coach’s good graces.
Lack, who on Friday was lambasted for his poor play by ‘Canes bench boss Bill Peters, will make his second consecutive start tonight when the ‘Canes take on the Avs in Colorado.
Lack stopped 25 of 26 shots in a win over Arizona on Sunday, a result that came just 48 hours after Peters let loose on the Swedish ‘tender.
“Well, you’ve got to push,” Peters said to the assembled media. “One guy has played 10 games. Eddie has played 10 games and was poor in his last outing, let’s not kid ourselves, right? There were 16 shots, four went in. Not good enough. You look at his numbers in the league, they’re not good enough.”
Peters continued by saying Lack “better earn some respect” from his teammates, before punctuating the rant by staring at Lack’s dressing room stall and saying “make an [expletive] save.”
On Saturday, Peters didn’t back down from his critique, saying he was “just being honest.” But after Lack’s strong performance on Sunday, Peters acknowledged he and his goalie had a good talk at the airport prior to departing for Arizona.
Peters later added ripping on Lack was “not my proudest moment.”
Lack only has nine starts on the year, and back-to-back appearances have been a rarity. So it’ll be interesting to see how he fares, especially given this is a pretty great matchup — Colorado has the worst offense in the league, and scored just two goals in its last four games.
For the Avs, Calvin Pickard gets the start.
— Keith Kinkaid gets a rare start, his first since Feb. 19, when the Devils take on the Blue Jackets. Columbus will counter with Sergei Bobrovsky, who’s coming off a 20-save shutout against the Devils on Sunday.
— James Reimer looks to snap a three-game losing streak when the Panthers host the Rangers. The skid is by no means his fault, though, as he’s posted a .951 save percentage over the three games. No word yet on a New York starter, but Antti Raanta did play last night.
— It’s Steve Mason versus Robin Lehner as the Flyers take on the Sabres in Buffalo.
— Frederik Andersen has been great over his last four games, posting a .942 save percentage, but the Leafs don’t have a single win to show for it. They hope to change that tonight as they host Petr Mrazek and the Red Wings.
— Jake Allen, fresh off a shutout of Colorado on Sunday, gets the start in Minnesota. No surprises for the Wild, who will continue to ride Devan Dubnyk‘s hot hand.
— After getting pulled in Calgary on Sunday, Thomas Greiss resumes his starting duties in Edmonton. The Oilers are going with Cam Talbot, as per usual.
— Carey Price is surging under new head coach Claude Julien, so the Habs will keep rolling with Price tonight in Vancouver. Ryan Miller‘s back in for the Canucks, after AHL recall Richard Bachman starred in a win over Anaheim on Sunday.
— John Gibson‘s still hurt, so Jonathan Bernier gets another start for the Ducks. The visiting Preds are going with Pekka Rinne.