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Canes lose another goalie – Ellis out with leg laceration

Mar 22, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

Dan Ellis #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes plays in goal against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on January 25, 2013 in Buffalo, New York.Carolina won 3-1.
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The Carolina Hurricanes entered the season with so much promise after adding forwards Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin. That might have been enough if their sickbay wasn’t filling up with goaltenders.

Netminder Dan Ellis will join Cam Ward on the sidelines after suffering a leg laceration Thursday night, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander.

Ellis is likely to be out for a week or two as a result.

With their top two goaltenders injured, 26-year-old Justin Peters, who has 33 games worth of NHL experience, looks like the team’s de facto starter. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford suggested that John Muse, 24, might serve as the backup.

Muse has a 3.48 GAA and .879 save percentage in 13 AHL games and has posted equally troubling numbers with the ECHL Florida Everblades this season.

Meanwhile, Carolina suffered their fifth straight loss on Thursday and were even unlucky enough to accidentally score on themselves.

  1. 19to77 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    … and Miller’s NOT untouchable, you said?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Yeah the Canes give up a kings ransom to get Miller. Then what,next year they have Miller and Ward whom both make big bucks and the salary cap is going down.Doesn’t make sense to me.

  2. mrpickled - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Bobbylou

    • valoisvipers - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Just say no to Luongo!

  3. mathieug79 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Lots of Goalies available, but with with Cam Ward back next season, It has to be someone that will have trade value after the season or who could be a great backup netminder. I would trade for Ben Bishop if I were the GM. Should only cost 2nd-3rd rounder, Bishop could give Cam Ward a little competition for some time in goal net next season. With Lehner playing very good and proving he can be a #1 why not trade one of Bishop/ Anderson. If the latter is healthy again, he would fetch a lot more than Bishop at the deadline.

  4. ipaintrinks - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Perhaps Jonathan Bernier? He was still looking for starting gig last time I checked.

  5. lonespeed - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Just like Dan Ellis, Justin Peters has been solid. He even pitched a shutout in only a couple starts.

    The Hurricanes struggles are not due to goalie, its because they have suddenly been completely in-ept at scoring goals. Last night’s game was painful to watch as every bounce seemed to go against them and then they lost the momentum. It also doesn’t help when you put the puck in your own goal during a delayed penalty.

    That being said, the ‘Canes are far from falling out of the race. With the resurgence of Washington and a tough schedule for the Jets over the next week, including a game with the ‘Canes on Tuesday, the Southeast is very much up for grabs. The last five games are not going to decide the race, the next few weeks will decide who wins the SE.

  6. LampyB - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I wouldn’t say the Canes aren’t “far from outside the race.” Current standings may say so, but its only going to get worse as far as goaltending now that ellis is out. They now face a major uphill battle

  7. iamcline - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    The Hurricanes will be fine if they get back to scoring 4 goals per night like they did for the first month or so. If not, yikes.

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