Ward allowed four goals on 29 shots in the Hurricanes loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday. Despite losing four in a row with a 2.80 GAA and .883 SV%, the Hurricanes will start Ward again tonight vs. the Maple Leafs. Toronto is red-hot right now and the Canes are clearly struggling, so look elsewhere tonight.
Tlusty will miss his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury that he suffered on December 11th. Tlusty is expected to be close to a return, so he could be back during the Hurricanes home-and-home vs. New York on Saturday and Sunday.
Nestrasil will miss his fourth straight game with an upper-body injury that he suffered on December 8th. Monitor his status prior to the Hurricanes’ home-and-home with the Rangers on Saturday and Sunday.
Ward surrendered two goals on 27 shots in the Hurricanes loss to the Lightning on Thursday. Ward has lost his last three games with a 2.39 GAA and .892 SV%. Tonight he draws a tough matchup in Montreal. Ward is a rough 3-7-0 on the road this season.
McClement (illness) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
According to coach Bill Peters, McClement is battling gastrointestinal issues and may not be in the lineup tonight. If McClement can’t go expect Jay Harrison will dress and the Hurricanes to go with seven defensemen.
The Hurricanes have placed Andrej Nestrasil (upper-body) on injured reserve.
Nestrasil has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury. His placement on IR is retroactive to November 8th, which means he is eligible to come off of IR whenever he is healthy. Consider him day-to-day.
The Hurricanes have recalled Justin Shugg from Charlotte (AHL).
Shugg, 22, was a fourth round pick (105th overall) in 2010. He has never played in an NHL game, but is in his fourth season in the AHL. He has nine goals and two assists (11 points) in 17 games with Charlotte this season.
Tlusty (undisclosed) is officially out for this afternoon's game.
Tlusty took part in warmups, including line rushes on the top-line, but he will not be available vs. the Flyers. Obviously his injury did not react as he would have liked in warmups, so the Hurricanes will have Jay Harrison draw in as they go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Tlusty was listed as a game-time decision, so a decision will likely be made based on how he feels in warmups. Tlusty has not recorded a point in six games, so it might be safe to go with your other option today, just in case he is held out.