The Carolina Hurricanes announced yesterday that goalie Cam Ward will miss the next six to possible eight weeks.
The team announced that a sprained knee ligament injury for Ward on Monday, but also confirmed that Ward’s injury will not require surgery. He suffered a third-degree sprain to his “medical collateral ligament” during the second period of the Hurricanes 3-2 victory over Florida on Sunday night.
It occurred when Justin Faulk slid into Ward in an attempt to stop Jack Skille from moving towards the goal and attempting a shot to score.
With the regular season ending at the end of April, the Hurricanes may not see Ward play for the remainder of the season or until the playoffs if they are eligible to participate in the NHL Playoffs.
Dan Ellis (3-2-1, 2.56 GAA*) will now be the No. 1 goalie for Carolina until Ward’s mid-to-late April return. Ellis’ No. 2 slot will be filled up by Justin Peters. Peters was called up from Charlotte on Monday.
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* Goals Against Average