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Cam Ward’s lower-body injury knocks him out of action

Feb 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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Carolina starts a six-game home stand against Washington tonight on NBCSN, but they’re going to start it without goalie Cam Ward.

Chip Alexander of the News & Observer reports that Ward will be out of action with a lower-body injury that’s been giving him trouble of late. Alexander tweets that Ward’s status is day-to-day for now. Ward didn’t start Friday night against the Sharks and left Saturday’s game against the Islanders after the second period after what coach Kirk Muller calls a “slight tweak.”

With the Hurricanes already going without backup goalie Brian Boucher, Justin Peters ascends into the starting role while Carolina calls up Mike Murphy to be the backup for tonight’s game at least. Murphy, as you might recall, managed to earn his first NHL loss this season while not giving up a goal. The Hurricanes will try to make his second stint in the NHL a little more memorable for the right reasons this time.

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