Justin Peters will continue his unlikely assault on the No. 1 goaltending job for the Carolina Hurricanes this evening. He’ll get the start tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets after putting on a remarkable showing on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He made 47 saves of 50 shots, but still took the loss in overtime.
Cam Ward has been shaky at best since returning from injury and Carolina will roll with Peters for the time being.
Peters expected to start in net against CBJ
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) December 23, 2013
Peters started the season in the AHL and the Hurricanes likely didn’t have any plans on recalling him after signing free agent Anton Khudobin to a contract over the summer. Both Khudobin and Ward went down almost simultaneously with injures though, which thrust Peters into the starting gig.
He’s done his best to keep Carolina competitive, and is carrying some strong numbers despite struggling in his few starts. On the year, Peters is 7-8-3 and has a strong .930 save percentage. His record is made more impressive when you realize that he dropped his first five starts with the Hurricanes.
Meanwhile, Ward has struggled to find his game this season. He is 5-6-5 and has a save percentage of .901.