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Hurricanes recall Peters, adjust lines

Posted October 14, 2013

The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Anton Khudobin for a little while. The goalie suffered a lower body injury Sunday afternoon in a 5-3 loss to Phoenix. Khudobin was injured while coming out of his crease to play the puck on a power play. He was untouched but stumbled awkwardly and crumpled to the ice.

“Hopefully he is back sooner than later and it’s not as bad,” said head coach Kirk Muller. “We get some reports today and results from the test."

In the meantime, the team recalled goalie Justin Peters from AHL affiliate Charlotte to back up Cam Ward in Tuesday's game.

Monday the team practiced at the PNC Arena with one goalie, equipment manager Jorge Alves, as Cam Ward was given the day off.

“Just to give him a little rest and ready to go for tomorrow night," said Muller.

The Hurricanes entertain the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday evening at PNC. Chicago comes into Tuesday night’s contest having scored 15 goals in five games and averaging 33.8 shots per game.

It is not unusual to see Alves in the nets at practice. He has done so in previous years and had a minor league career playing in the SPHL and ECHL.

Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm continues to battle through injury during his rookie season. After missing some time in preseason, Lindholm missed Sunday’s game with an ‘upper body’ injury. He participated in practice Monday, but was in the non-contact jersey.

The head coach isn’t going to rush the fifth overall pick back on the ice.

"Day by day with him, we want to make sure he comes back when he is ready to go after being hurt there. He says he is feeling pretty good. We’ll see how he is tomorrow," said Muller.

An anxious moment came at practices when defenseman Ron Hainsey left the ice after a collision with Riley Nash. Hainsey was favoring his leg as he skated off the ice and into the locker room. Minutes later he returned to practice and showed no signs of a problem.

Tuomo Ruutu was placed on the top line taking Jiri Tlusty’s spot. The top line has been struggling this year in comparison to the blistering pace set last year. The trio of Tlusty, Eric Staal and Alexander Semin has combined for only 3 goals and a lone assist on the year. Tlusty has had zero points so far this season and the line is a combined minus 12.

Ruutu made his season debut Sunday after missing the first five games of the year with a lower body concern. Moving Ruutu to the top line caused changes to the other forward lines.

Tlusty moved to the second line with Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe. Patrick Dwyer moved to the third line with Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner. Radek Dvorak joined Brett Sutter and Drayson Bowman on the fourth line.

Jeff Skinner is pacing the Hurricanes in scoring with 2 goals and 5 assists in the first six games of the year. So how has Skinner piled up the helpers this year? He is giving the credit to the guys he is skating with.

“It’s a case of my linemates putting the puck in the net,” Skinner beamed.

The seven points in the first six games of the season is the best start that the fourth year forward has posted.

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  • caniacman Oct 15, 11:16 a.m.

    The tinkering with the lines is to try and get the first line going. Not sure why but Tlusty has not played well on it so you move some one else and go from there. I think the combos they are trying are some that were successful at the end of training camp so they are not completly new. So far here is what I have seen. When every player competes like Nate Gerbe does we win or play well. When the team game falls apart we look like we did against Pittsburgh and Phoenix.

  • cynflux Oct 15, 10:29 a.m.

    Once Khudobin went down, the whole team fell apart. I do not want a repeat of last year. Peters is a good AHL goalie, but not a good NHL goalie. Wish they would have called up the goalie Murphy instead.

  • wlcat609 Oct 15, 10:01 a.m.

    Tonight's game against the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions may be a HUGE problem for the Canes (I've watch the Blackhawks a couple of times this year so far).

    I do not understand the thinking to 'tinker' with the lines for THIS game - doing so destroys the chemistry of not just ONE line but all FOUR. To do this now just doesn't make any sense to me but then again I'm not the coach!

  • jdpridg Oct 15, 8:46 a.m.

    Hoping for quick recovery for Anton. I like his drive and energy. It's what this team needs. I think we'll be ok with Peters. He's played well for us before.

  • Gunnstigator Oct 14, 5:10 p.m.

    Hate to see Khudoban go down with an injury, and hopefully it isn't as bad as it looked. I'm glad Muller has tinkered with the lines, as the players weren't performing up to their potential. Hope the Canes can turn things around.

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