Canes coach Paul Maurice said there could be an adjustment on defense and with the lines for Game 7 against the Bruins.
What adjustments, exactly? Maurice wouldn't go that far today, but it may be a safe bet that defenseman Frantisek Kaberle may be back the lineup, possibly for Anton Babchuk.
Kaberle has not played in the Boston series, but Maurice has noted that he has more big-game experience. A member of the 2006 Stanley Cup champs, Kaberle had the winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals against Edmonton.
Given the Canes' puck-handling problems in the Carolina end the last two games, something must be done or the season likely will end tomorrow night in Boston. While goaltender Cam Ward can be the difference, he can't do it alone, with no protection in front of him.
"We forced our goaltender to go post-to-post three times on 15 even-strength shots," Maurice said of the Canes' 4-2 loss in Game 6. "It's the type and quality of chance against. I don't think we put Cam in the position to be the difference in the game for us.
"I'm trying to think to the last playoff game I saw where the goaltender wasn't the difference. There hasn't been too many. At the end of the day you have to give your guy the chance to be a difference, especially when you've got a goaltender like Cam that's capable of doing that."
Ward was the winning goalie in Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils in the opening round of the playoff, outdueling Martin Brodeur. He was the winning goaltender in Game 7 of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals against the Buffalo Sabres and in Game 7 of the finals against the Oilers.
That's a 3-0 record in Game 7's.
"Obviously we didn't want to put us in this situation but here we are," Ward said today. "It's one game, winner takes all. I think at the start of the series, if you would have asked anybody if they could play one game winner takes all, we all would have taken it.
"We've got to enjoy it and have some fun and get on that plane with one mission: to win a hockey game tomorrow night."
As for playing in Game 7's, Ward said: "Obviously you're going to be a little bit nervous. It's how you use that nervous energy that really makes a difference.
"I'm excited. I think you have to be. You have to go out there, play your own game and enjoy the moment. We've shown we can win in Boston and we're going to have to do it again."
And the experience of winning Game 7's in 2006 and then against the Devils?
"It doesn't hurt," Ward said.