DENVER -- The Carolina Hurricanes will hobble into Pepsi Center on Friday to play the Colorado Avalanche with two goalies who began the season in the American Hockey League.
Justin Peters, who replaced injured Cam Ward early in the first period against the Minnesota Wild in a 3-1 loss Thursday, will start in goal against the Avalanche.
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.
The Hurricanes also lost left wing Jeff Skinner (upper body) and defenseman Brett Bellemore (lower body) to injuries Thursday.
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.
Rookie forward Elias Lindholm also will return to the Hurricanes lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury he sustained in an Oct. 11 game against the Los Angeles Kings.
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:
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Jordan Staal - Radek Dvorak
Drayson Bowman - Riley Nash - Tuomo Ruutu
Brett Sutter - Elias Lindholm - Kevin Westgarth
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Ryan Murphy
Mike Komisarek - Ron Hainsey
Scratched: Jay Harrison
Injured: Brett Bellemore (lower body), Patrick Dwyer (upper body), Anton Khudobin (lower body), Joni Pitkanen (heel), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Cam Ward (lower body)
Ryan O'Reilly - Matt Duchene - Steve Downie
Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - Alex Tanguay
Jamie McGinn - Nathan MacKinnon - PA Parenteau
Marc-Andre Cliche - John Mitchell - Patrick Bordeleau
Andre Benoit - Cory Sarich
Jan Hejda - Tyson Barrie/Erik Johnson
Ryan Wilson - Nate Guenin
Scratched: Nick Holden
Suspended: Cody McLeod
Injured: Erik Johnson (foot)