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Canes get Ward back in goal against Predators

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 11:50 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Canes get Ward back in goal against Predators
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After sitting out deadline day, the Hurricanes will ice their regular lineup -- one that is still missing several injured players. But Cam Ward will return to the net for Carolina, after missing four starts with a lower-body injury.

The Hurricanes have filled out the roster with several of their American Hockey League prospects, including Zach Boychuk, who was called up Tuesday. Against Nashville, Kirk Muller will skate eight forwards who are 25 years old or younger.

"They're capable of beating anyone when they play a good, honest game," Muller said. "This is our group. There's no cavalry coming. This is who who we are, and we've got to push and see what happens from here on in."

The Predators, coming off Monday night's 2-1 win over Los Angeles, were unable to travel after the game due to foggy weather conditions. When they arrive on Tuesday, they will have two new deadline acquistions in the lineup. Andrei Kostitsyn -- the older brother of Nashville forward Sergei Kostitsyn -- joins the Predators from Montreal, while Paul Gaustad comes over from Buffalo.

HURRICANES
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Jerome Samson
Jussi Jokinen - Jeff Skinner - Zach Boychuk
Drayson Bowman - Brandon Sutter - Andreas Nodl
Anthony Stewart - Tim Brent - Derek Joslin

Tim Gleason - Bryan Allen
Jay Harrison - Justin Faulk
Jaroslav Spacek - Jamie McBain

Cam Ward
Justin Peters
Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff