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Backup Peters in net for 'Canes

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 2:03 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Backup Peters in net for 'Canes
PITTSBURGH -- Cam Ward got a win and his first NHL goal last night, but that wasn't enough to earn him the start in the back-half of the Carolina Hurricanes' back-to-back set today against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Instead, it will be backup Justin Peters facing  a Penguins team that has scored 26 goals in its last six games.

Peters, who has spent most of the season with Charlotte (AHL), is 2-0-1 in three career games against Pittsburgh, with a 3.33 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
 
The rest of the Hurricanes’ projected lineup:
 
Drayson Bowman - Eric Staal - Chad LaRose
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Jussi Jokinen - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Brandon Sutter - Patrick Dwyer
Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Anthony Stewart
 
Tim Gleason - Jamie McBain
Bryan Allen - Jay Harrison
Justin Faulk - Jaroslav Spacek

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.
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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday