After two games with the Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning stint, the Carolina Hurricanes have recalled Cam Ward from the AHL today.
Ward posted a 1-1 record with the Checkers and stopped 59 of 63 shots over the two games. In the one loss Ward suffered, he only allowed one goal as the Checkers were shut out by the Lake Erie Monsters.
At the Hurricanes practice today, Ward was not present and coach Kirk Muller said that “he will start the goalie who gives the Canes best chance to win” according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Muller’s comments shouldn’t come as a real surprise to anyone. The coach has rode the hot hand in net the whole season, which means we’re likely going to see Anton Khudobin in Tuesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, but if he loses Ward will probably get the next game. There’s also the chance we don’t see Ward until after the Olympic break.
As for solving the whole three-goalie problem, GM Jim Rutherford has said before he doesn’t plan on moving a goalie, which may be the smart thing to do considering how many injuries have come at that position this season.
But I would expect somebody, most likely Justin Peters, to be moved sometime around the trade deadline, probably in a package deal.