Ward recalled from Checkers

02/02/2014 11:04 AM

02/02/2014 11:05 AM

The Canes on Sunday recalled goalie Cam Ward from the Charlotte Checkers after a brief conditioning stint with Carolina’s AHL affiliate.

Ward was 1-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in two AHL games for the Checkers, playing a back-to-back set against the Lake Erie Monsters. He has missed the Canes’ past 14 games with a lower-body injury and then the conditioning assignment.

Canes coach Kirk Muller was asked Sunday about his plans for Ward in the coming week as the Canes play their last three games before the Olympic break. Goaltender Anton Khudobin has played in the past 14 games, starting 13.

Ward had not played since the New Year’s Eve game against the Montreal Canadiens before going to Charlotte.

“I’ll get a report on how he did down there,” Muller said. “It was great he went down. The reason he went down was more physical, to see him get through games similar to Khudobin when he went down.

“Now we’ve got to look at it. It comes down to who is the guy who gives us the best chance to win the next game. That’s how we’re going to approach it.”

The Canes also have goalie Justin Peters available. Peters started Jan. 19 against Tampa Bay -- his first game since Dec. 27 -- but was lifted for Khudobin.

“We’ve got three goalies and all of them have had some success this year,” Muller said. “We’ll just have to do it day by day, who’s the guy that’s ready to go.”

Canes beat writer Chip Alexander

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