Peters to get start for Canes, Welsh recalled
Posted March 7, 2013
Justin Peters will seek his second win in as many tries since being recalled from Charlotte as he was named the starter Thursday against Montreal with Dan Ellis still battling the flu.
Peters, who was recalled to replace the injured Cam Ward, stopped 37 shots in a 4-3 win over Buffalo Tuesday. He is 12-11-3 in his career and 1-0-0 on the year.
Carey Price will start in goal for Montreal. The Canadiens are 14-5-4 on the year and sit atop the Eastern Conference with 32 points.
Like Ellis, Riley Nash is also battling the flu and was sent home from morning skate. Head coach Kirk Muller said that the rookie who has one goal in eight games will be a game-time decision.
Meanwhile, Tim Brent skated on Thursday along with Brett Sutter and Kevin Westgarth but was later placed on injured reserve retroactive Feb. 28. In a corresponding move, the Canes recalled Jeremy Welsh.
Welsh will make his third trip to the big club this season having skated in four games in his previous two stints.
Muller also used the morning skate Thursday to jumble some lines. Jussi Jokinen, who has three goals in his last three games, was working out as the center flanked by Tim Wallace and Drayson Bowman.
The top line of Eric Staal, Alex Semin and Jiri Tlusty will be unchanged.
Carolina has killed off 24 of their last 26 short-handed situations. Jokinen and defenseman Jay Harrison said Thursday that their effective kill is two-fold. One, they are taking fewer penalties, and two, the special teams unit is communicating well.