The Carolina Hurricanes have essentially plummeted out of the NHL’s playoff race since the All-Star Break, and goaltending is a big part of it.
And one goalie in particular is in coach Bill Peters’ crosshairs. Eddie Lack has struggled with a concussion this season and only played in 10 of the team’s games this season. But his poor outing on Thursday (four goals on 16 shots to the Lightning) led Peters to express frustration on Friday.
When asked by Chip Alexander of The News & Observer about which goalie (Cam Ward or Lack) gets more ice time in the final stretch of the season, Peters was pretty blunt: Ward’s the guy because Lack hasn’t earned it.
“You better earn some respect from your teammates. Your teammates are out there working their bag off. You better get some saves and a timely save at the right time wouldn’t hurt.
Peters ended the media scrum by glancing down the hallway, in the direction of Lack’s locker stall, and saying, “Make a save.” Or something like that. There was another word in there but the point already had been made: the coach was not happy with the player.
It’s hard to recall an NHL coach taking a player to task so publicly. Ward will get the start for Carolina on Friday.
Lack, 29, has a 3.33 GAA and a .873 save percentage. Both are career lows. Lack has one year left on his contract with the Hurricanes.