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Carolina Hurricanes Activate Eddie Lack From Injured Reserve; Assign Michael Leighton to Checkers

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Lack is expected to back up Cam Ward in tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Jamie Kellner

After a month on the shelf following a concussion suffered in practice in late November, Eddie Lack will be back on the bench for the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night as they face the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.

Lack was activated off injured reserve today after he passed a concussion baseline test this afternoon. He will join the team in Buffalo later tonight or tomorrow, as the activation occurred after the team flight left for Buffalo. Lack did practice today and looks to be ready to go for tomorrow’s game.

As part of Lack’s activation, Michael Leighton has been reassigned to the Charlotte Checkers, who have been leaking goals left, right and center over the past few weeks and will welcome his return to the club as they try to get straightened out on their current lengthy road trip.

The press release from the team is below.

CANES ACTIVATE EDDIE LACK FROM INJURED RESERVE
Michael Leighton reassigned to AHL’s Charlotte Checkers

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has activated goaltender Eddie Lack from injured reserve. The team also reassigned goaltender Michael Leighton to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Lack, 28, has missed the team's last 14 games (11/22-12/17) with a concussion. Prior to sustaining the injury, the Norrtalje, Sweden, native had posted a 1-2-1 record and a 3.78 goals-against average in five games played this season. Lack (6'4", 187 lbs.) is in his second season with Carolina and has compiled a 47-46-16 record, 2.59 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 121 career NHL regular-season games with Vancouver and Carolina. The Hurricanes acquired Lack from the Canucks on June 27, 2015, in exchange for a 2015 third-round draft pick and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick.