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Justin Peters to start for Canes against Sabres

Posted March 5, 2013

— Justin Peters, called up Monday from the AHL's Charlotte Checkers, will get the start in goal Tuesday when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres.

The Canes are two goalies down after Cam Ward left Sunday's game with a sprained knee ligament. Ward is expected to miss six to eight weeks to rehab his medial collateral ligament (MCL).

Meanwhile, backup Dan Ellis has been under the weather.

While Ellis nurses a cold, Peters will step in. Peters is 11-11-3 with a 3.23 GAA in 28 career NHL games during the previous three seasons.

A season ago, Peters, 26, went 2-3 in six starts with a 2.48 GAA.

"Petey's played games here so it's not that crazy for him," said Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. "We know what he brings to the table."

"Now is his chance," said head coach Kirk Muller. "He's had a great first half down in Charlotte. He's been playing really well, so he should have confidence."

The Canes will stick with the same lines as they played in Sunday's victory over Florida. Center Tim Brent and defenseman Joni Pitkanen, both recently returned from injury have re-aggravated their lower body issues and will sit out Tuesday.

Chad LaRose also remains out of the lineup.

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  • atc2 Mar 5, 4:41 p.m.

    Peters needs to get it done NOW or time to trade him. He has had chances and still has not proven worthy at the NHL level

    GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!

  • vance203 Mar 5, 4:30 p.m.

    Canes don't have much choice, Peters will have to get it done. At least they are playing a... View More

    — Posted by PanthersFan45

    Buffalo isn't struggling as much as you think. They are 3-0-1 in their last 4 games. Plus, Vanek is back in their lineup tonight. He scored a couple in the first two games against the Canes and then went on his own little hot streak of scoring.

  • StunGunn Mar 5, 4:25 p.m.

    I am sure that Dan Ellis is the backup tonight. He played with a cold before when Cam went down.

    — Posted by jscott13

    Ellis is still sick, so Peters got the nod. Peters is doing really well in Charlotte. He's played for the Canes before, so he does know the ropes. If he gets some help on D, he should be OK.

  • jscott13 Mar 5, 4:05 p.m.

    I am sure that Dan Ellis is the backup tonight. He played with a cold before when Cam went down.

  • juniorsk831 Mar 5, 3:50 p.m.

    who is the backup to Peters?

  • afk27503 Mar 5, 3:49 p.m.

    Here's hoping that Peters is up to the task, but the boys on the blue line will surely need to step it up. Lukc De speculated in the N & O a trade for a D-man like Mike Comisarek...but who would we trade if that happened?

  • 75Tarheel Mar 5, 2:23 p.m.

    With the scoring picking up with players returning from injuries as well as the fine play by the defensemen Peters should get a lot of help. Let's hope he's up to the task.

    GO CANES!!

  • edits Mar 5, 1:42 p.m.

    "I wish I could have someone step in for me when I have a cold, geesh." I know,... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    AND that awesome board play we were treated to this past weekend

  • OGE Mar 5, 1:25 p.m.

    "I wish I could have someone step in for me when I have a cold, geesh." I know,... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    Considering many of these guys have played in front of Peters hopefully that will be good for him.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 5, 1:21 p.m.

    "I wish I could have someone step in for me when I have a cold, geesh." I know, right?

    Corvo, McBain, Faulk and the rest of the defense is going to have to step it up. It's been a bit of a weakness, so this should put a charge in their behinds and make them step it up. Juicy, Tlusty and Skins need to score...a LOT. I expect a lot of 2-man forechecking and some neutral zone traps, especially if the Canes can get a lead.

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