PITTSBURGH -- Justin Peters and not Cam Ward will be in goal tonight as the Canes play their first game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Consol Energy Center.
Ward, after being lifted in losses against the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens, responded with a strong game and 23 saves Wednesday against Ottawa as the Canes won 7-1. But coach Paul Maurice said after today's morning skate that he wanted Peters in for the Pens, with Ward to go Saturday against the Nashville Predators at the RBC Center.
"I think he's a good, young player who needs to play games to develop," Maurice said of the decision to start Peters. "We're closing now on the 20-game mark and this will be his third (start), so we certainly have not overworked him."