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Lack to start in net against Devils

Eddie Lack could finally be getting a good look in the next few days.

Canes coach Bill Peters said Wednesday that Lack, who has made seven appearances in net this season, would be the starting goaltender Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.

“It’s a good opportunity for Eddie and we’ll see what he does,” Peters said. “He should be able to take advantage of it.”

Lack has started two games since Nov. 6, allowing three goals on 19 shots in a Nov. 16 loss against Anaheim and then three goals on 36 shots in an overtime loss Nov. 23 at Philadelphia.

Lack was acquired in an offseason trade with Vancouver and many expected him to push Cam Ward after his solid 2014-15 season with the Canucks. Entering the final year of his contract, he agreed on Oct. 3 to a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Canes but has put together a 1-4-1 record with a 3.29 goals-against average and .874 save percentage.

The Canes have three home games in the next four days, facing the Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. It’s possible Lack could start two of the three.

Ward has played in 19 games but has been wildly inconsistent in the past two — a 4-1 loss at Buffalo and 4-3 loss Monday against the New York Rangers.

The Canes practiced Wednesday at PNC Arena, spending extra time on the power play and penalty killing -- Carolina is last on the power play (12.5 percent) and 28th in killing penalties (74.6 percent).

Ryan Murphy, recalled Tuesday from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), was used on a power-play unit with John-Michael Liles, Riley Nash, Jeff Skinner and Kris Versteeg. The top PP unit has Eric Staal, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Justin Faulk and Noah Hanifin.

Murphy suffered a concussion Nov. 14 against the Philadelphia Flyers and put in two games in Charlotte after being medically cleared to return. In 17 games with the Canes this season he had four assists and a plus-1 rating,

“He was playing real well before he got hurt,” Peters said. “He missed two weeks, which is a significant amount of time. He went down, got his timing back and now he’s ready to play. We assume he’s going to pick up right where he left off.”

Murphy could again be paired with Noah Hanifin.

The lines Wednesday had Rask with Eric Staal and Lindholm, Jordan Staal with Joakim Nordstrom and Versteeg, Nash centering Skinner and Chris Terry and Jay McClement with Brad Malone and Andrej Nestrasil.

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