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Cam Ward out 3-4 weeks, Hurricanes thin at goalie position

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Cam Ward will be out three to four weeks, leaving Hurricanes thin in net. (USATSI)
Cam Ward will be out three to four weeks, leaving Hurricanes thin in net.(USATSI)

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The Carolina Hurricanes have put together a respectable 4-3-3 start and sit second in the Metropolitan Division. However, after losing Cam Ward to an injury in Thursday night's game against Minnesota, the Canes have a real problem in net.

Ward went down just four minutes into his start against the Wild with what the team is calling a lower-body injury. The Canes' No. 1 netminder is expected to miss three to four weeks with the injury.

That wouldn't be totally unmanageable if the Canes weren't also already without No. 2 goalie Anton Khudobin . The Kazakh netminder went down with an injury 11 days prior, leaving the Hurricanes with a real organization issue at the goaltender postion.

Justin Peters was already called up to the Canes and will serve as the No. 1 guy until one of the other netminders is back. According to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer, Khudobin could resume practice Sunday.

Peters has some decent experience, having made 48 appearances over five seasons with the Canes. His .897 career save percentage and 3.29 career goals-against average are quite a dip from what could be expected out of the other two goalies Carolina started the season with, but it will have to do.

Carolina also recalled Mike Murphy from the American Hockey League. Murphy made his only two career appearances in the NHL with the Hurricanes in 2011-12.

This also causes quite the chain reaction throughout the organization as the Hurricanes's AHL affiliate in Charlotte had to scramble for a netminder. They signed former NHLer Allen York to a tryout deal and already had John Muse on the roster.

If there's one thing that can really throw a wrench in everyone's cranks, it's losing both goalies off the NHL roster.

The best the Hurricanes can hope for at this point is Peters plays adequately until Khudobin makes it back into the lineup to hold down the fort until Ward returns.

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