Ward sustained a lower-body injury when he kicked out his right leg in an attempt to stop a shot by Mikael Granlund that went wide. Ward has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
Peters, who stopped 19 of 21 shots Thursday, had been recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on Oct. 14 after backup goalie Anton Khudobin sustained a lower-body injury in an Oct. 13 game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Hurricanes called up Mike Murphy from Charlotte on an emergency basis Friday to dress as Peters' backup against the Avalanche. A sixth-round pick (No. 165) in the 2008 NHL Draft, Murphy is 1-2-0 with a 3.81 goals-against average in three AHL games this season.
Defenseman Tim Gleason, who missed the first 10 games because of a concussion, was activated from injured reserve and will play in his 600th NHL game Friday. Gleason was hurt in a Sept. 21 preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will test his bruised foot in the pregame warm-up. He was hit with a puck in practice Wednesday. If Johnson doesn't feel right, Tyson Barrie will replace him in the lineup. Barrie has been a healthy scratch since Ryan Wilson returned from a knee injury Oct. 12 in Washington.
Here are the projected lineups for the game Friday:
Scratched: Jay Harrison
Scratched: Nick Holden
Suspended: Cody McLeod
Injured: Erik Johnson (foot)