Yet another goaltender went down last night to add to the list of injured goalies this season. Cam Ward left the game just four minutes in with a lower body injury. The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that he will be out for three to four weeks.
Last season, the Hurricanes were able to start the season well, but when Ward went down with an injury the team spiraled out of control and they lost their chance. Is it bound to happen again? Back up to Ward, Anton Khudobin, is already on the injured reserve and will not be returning for another week or so.
Filling in for Khudobin and Ward for the time being will be Justin Peters. Peters is on a one way contract at the moment that pays him $550,000, and he was believed to be the back up entering the offseason, but the Hurricanes opted to sign Khudobin to back up Ward.
Peters will get his opportunity to shine now. Peters played the remainder of the game last night when Ward went down with his injury and stopped 19 of 21 shots in the Hurricanes 3-1 loss to Minnesota. Peters was 4-11-1 last season with the Canes, and will look to be better this season, and help keep them afloat in the midst of a weak start for the entirety of the Metropolitan Division, with the exception of the Penguins of course.
The Hurricanes will need to step up their defensive game, a game that has been rather lacking thus far. Without Cam Ward in net, it’s hard to believe the Canes will be able to stay in competition for long. But maybe, just maybe, Peters has matured into a capable NHL goalie, and maybe he can do just enough until Ward or even Khudobin return to the net to keep the Canes where they’re at in the standings.