Carolina Hurricanes goalie Michael Leighton is sick and was not at Monday’s morning skate, but could be the backup Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings.
Eddie Lack, who has been sidelined with a concussion, was at the morning skate but needs to be activated off NHL injured reserse to be available for the game.
Canes coach Bill Peters said a decision on Lack likely would be made about 90 minutes before the 7 p.m. game at PNC Arena. No question about the starter -- it’s Cam Ward again.
Lack has been on injured reserve since Nov. 21 after sustaining the concussion in practice. Leighton was recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL and has been Ward’s backup in Lack’s absence, playing in three games.
Peters said Leighton was sent home Monday morning.
“He came in for breakfast was invited to sit with his teammates but said he was sick,” Peters said. “I said, ‘Finish your meal and beat it.’”
From Peters’ comments, it appears Leighton would be able to serve as the backup, if needed, but also offered another option:
“Ward starts and finishes and gets the win. How’s that?” Peters said. “That’s the way I look at it. Does it sound like a plan?”
— There will be no lineup, line or defensive changes from the Canes’ 2-1 shootout win Saturday against Buffalo.
Victor Rask will center Jeff Skinner and Derek Ryan, Jordan Staal will center Brock McGinn and Elias Lindholm, Teuvo Teravainen will be at center with Lee Stempniak and Sebastian Aho, and Jay McClement will center Viktor Stalberg and Joakim Nordstrom.
The defensive pairs are Ron Hainsey-Justin Faulk, Jaccob Slavin-Brett Pesce and Noah Hanifin-Matt Tennyson.
Andrej Nestrasil is the extra forward and Ryan Murphy and Klas Dahlbeck the extra defensemen.
— The Red Wings (14-14-4), who play 10 of the next 11 games on the road, are 1-3-1 in their past five — all at home — but coming off a 6-4 win over Anaheim spurred by Tomas Tatar’s hat trick.
Defenseman Mike Green, who has burned the Canes a few times in his career, will not play, Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Monday. Green took a big hit from the Ducks’ Ryan Kesler in the final minute of the Anaheim game.
Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff took a puck in the face at Monday’s morning skate and left the ice bleeding. Blashill called the injury “fairly severe” and said he could be replaced by Nick Jensen, who has been recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL). It would be the NHL debut for Jensen, 26.