The Carolina Hurricanes will get Cam Ward back tonight when they take on the Boston Bruins at home. The cardiac ‘Canes have managed to stay just above water with Ward on the shelf since October 24 with a lower-body injury, and they’ll look to get back to their winning ways tonight against a solid Bruins team.
As per Hurricanes guru Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer:
Cam Ward will be back in net for the Canes… Ward, who was activated Monday off injured reserve, suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 24 in a road game against the Minnesota Wild. Justin Peters has started the past 10 games in net for the Canes, with Mike Murphy serving as the backup. Murphy was reassigned Monday to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL.)
Peters struggled mightily early on in his 10-game stint, but has been outstanding for the Hurricanes recently. He’s won three of his last five starts and has kept Carolina at the .500 mark with Ward injured. With about three-quarters of the season remaining, this team now has plenty of time to find their bearings and climb the standings.
Heading into tonight’s contest with the Bruins, the 8-8-4 Hurricanes are fourth in the Metropolitan Division. They are only five points behind the division-leading Washington Capitals, but are only two points away from the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
With Ward back in net, Carolina must find a way to score some goals while Alex Semin and Jeff Skinner both sit out with injuries. That could be tricky for a team that’s only averaging 1.90 goals a game right now, but getting their true No. 1 goalie back might be just the boost that the team needed.