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Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters looks to take advantage of unexpected opportunity

Nov 1, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

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It’s Justin Peters‘ net, for the time being at least.

The 27-year-old Peters has taken over the starting goaltender duties for the Carolina Hurricanes, with Cam Ward (he’ll miss three-to-four weeks) and Anton Khudobin (it could’ve been worse) out with injuries.

“A couple of weeks ago if you asked me if I thought this would be happening I probably would have said no,” Peters told the Raleigh Observer & News.

“The crazy thing about this game is you never know when you’re going to get this opportunity.

“You’ve got to try and take advantage of the opportunities you get because you don’t know if you’re going to get one again.”

However, his foray into the starting duties has been a tough go, not quite panning out the way he perhaps envisioned.

He has yet to record a win in any of his last three games, allowing nine goals in that span. He hasn’t had much goal support, either. The Hurricanes have scored only four times over Peters’ last three games.

  1. 19to77 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    I wouldn’t call getting lit up repeatedly much of an opportunity, but I guess when you’re a ‘Canes goalie prospect you don’t get much of a choice.

  2. slammincamnewton - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    It’s time to look for an answer besides Ward. DiPietro isn’t it either. Probably time for Muller to jet too.

  3. lonespeed - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Justin Peters has had opportunities in the past couple years. This isn’t his first window. He’s been average at best and he’s looking average now.

    • storminator16 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      No doubt. He is what he is. With that said, if expansion rolls around, I keep thinking he’ll stick in the league . Of course, he would probably be sporting a 4.00+ GAA but that would be Seattle’s/Quebec’s/Kansas City’s problem.

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