Three things to watch Sunday as the Carolina Hurricanes host the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena:
Eddie Lack redux
Eddie Lack’s 34-save shutout of the Ottawa Senators on Friday has earned him another start in net, but what now? He was the winning goalie Oct. 20 when the Canes won 4-2 in Calgary, but that seems eons ago.
The Flames are streaking and scoring, with 13 goals in the past three games as Mikael Backlund has scored four times.
Flames riding a high
The Flames are surging. After a 5-1 loss to Montreal on Jan. 24, they had lost four straight and were 24-24-3. They’ve since gone 8-2-1.
The Flames have won their last three games, all on the road — at Nashville, Tampa Bay and Florida, no easy stops. They’re 17-12-4 on the road this season, the kind of record and road success that makes the Canes envious and a big reason the Flames are in playoff position in the Western Conference.
The Flames don’t give up late leads. They’re 23-0-1 when leading after two periods, winning 23 straight.
Canes lines in flux
With Brock McGinn out with an injury, the Canes’ lines Saturday at practice had Jordan Staal centering Phil Di Giuseppe and Teuvo Teravainen, and Derek Ryan at center with Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak. Canes coach Bill Peters indicated the lines might change by game time.
Staal had a season-high eight shots in the 3-0 win over Ottawa, scoring early in the game, and Di Giuseppe had five shots while finishing with two assists. Ryan has been a healthy extra two of the past three games.