Goaltender Cam Ward missed Monday's road game at Tampa Bay with a skin infection but general manager Jim Rutherford said today he expects Ward back soon. Rutherford said Ward was scheduled to see a dermatologist today.
"We think Cam will be fine in the next day or two," Rutherford said.
Ward had started 10 straight games before Monday, with 45 saves in a 3-2 shootout win Thursday in Atlanta and then 43 stops Saturday as the Canes topped the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.
Canes coach Paul Maurice said Ward had a lot of swelling above his eye during the morning skate in Tampa. Maurice said it was not a rash but an infection.
"We wanted to be very careful with it," Maurice said. "If you catch it early, that's one thing. But it can be serious.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed that he can play Thursday (against Montreal)."
With Ward unable to play Monday, Justin Peters took over in net and allowed five goals on 34 shots as the Lightning won 5-1 to end the Canes' four-game winning streak.
Maurice said he did not anticipate any line changes for the game against the Habs. The Canes will practice Wednesday at the RecZone.
"I don't want to over-react to one loss," he said. "I liked our first period. I did not like that it came out 2-1 (Lightning). Part of the second period got away from us. The game was clearly not good but I'm not going to over-react.
"We have to be more consistent with our forwards helping our defense. But that's all of the process of five working as one."