The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't get much going in their first game in more than nine months.
Maybe they'll get energized by beginning their home schedule against a Southeast Division rival.
Carolina opens a stretch of four of five on its own ice Tuesday night against a Tampa Bay Lightning club trying to avoid back-to-back road losses.
Back from the extended NHL lockout, the Hurricanes had a rough start in what they're hoping is their first playoff season in four years, losing 5-1 to Florida on Saturday.
"I think we just had guys wanting to do so much and do so well and they were so excited that it backfired," coach Kirk Muller told the Hurricanes' official website Monday. "I think the guys will respond tomorrow."
Muller is confident that Cam Ward will have a better showing after he surrendered four first-period goals and was replaced by Dan Ellis, who stopped 12 of 13 shots in his first appearance since Dec. 29, 2011, with Anaheim.
Ward went 12-3-3 with a 1.98 goals-against a...