RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes will begin a long stretch of hockey without goaltender Cam Ward, who suffered a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sunday and will miss 6-8 weeks.
The Hurricanes will turn over the net to Justin Peters on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres, after his recall from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Dan Ellis still is battling an illness, but will serve as the backup. This will mark the fourth straight season Peters has seen time in the Carolina goal.
"We're going to go with his energy and give him an opportunity to jump right in and play," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "He's had a great first half down in Charlotte, so he should have confidence. He should look at all the experiences leading up to now and just go out and play hockey and get the job done."
Buffalo will get its top scorer back against Carolina. Thomas Vanek, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, will bring his 27 points to the Sabres' offense.
"It's great to see [Vanek] out there, especially to get some work on the power play, and what he means to that phase of our game," Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said. "Any time you lose a player of that quality, it's certainly a dent in your lineup. I'm looking forward to getting him back in there."
Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday's game:
Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson – Jason Pominville
Steve Ott – Nathan Gerbe – Tyler Ennis
Kevin Porter – Brian Flynn – Marcus Foligno
Mikhail Grigorenko – Jochen Hecht – Drew Stafford
Christian Ehrhoff – Tyler Myers
Robyn Regehr – Andrej Sekera
Mike Weber – TJ Brennan
Injured: Ville Leino, Jordan Leopold, Alexander Sulzer
Scratches: John Scott
Suspended: Patrick Kaleta
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Tim Wallace
Jussi Jokinen – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Brett Sutter – Kevin Westgarth
Jay Harrison – Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason – Joe Corvo
Bobby Sanguinetti – Jamie McBain
Injured: Chad LaRose, Joni Pitkanen, Tim Brent, Tuomo Ruutu