Thursday December 4th, 2014

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will not play on Thursday against the Washington Capitals, but head coach Bill Peters said his lower-body injury is "not that serious," the team announced.

Ward, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as a rookie after leading Carolina to the Stanley Cup in 2006, is 8-8-1 this season with a .912 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average.

Peters said he doesn't think the 30-year-old will miss much time with the injury.

"I don’t think it’s that serious, to be honest with you. It’s a day-to-day situation. We’re going to take a day off tomorrow, and we gave him yesterday, so now it’s three [days off] in a row, and we think that’s the right thing to do," Peters said. "He’s been down that road before. We didn’t want to push it.”

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Carolina has recalled goalie Drew MacIntyre from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. The 31-year-old MacIntyre is 6-8-1 for the Checkers with a 2.82 GAA and .909 save percentage.

MacIntyre has played six NHL games over three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maples LeafsHe is 0-2-0 in his career with a 2.41 GAA and .912 save percentage.

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Anton Khudobin will start Thursday against the Capitals. He is 0-5-2 with a .900 save percentage and 2.98 GAA this season.

The Hurricanes have started the season 8-13-3 and are in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division.

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