Hurricanes' Ward sidelined with lower body injury

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Raleigh, NC ( - Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward is expected to miss Thursday's game against Washington because of a lower body injury.

Ward missed practice Wednesday after stopping 32 shots in Carolina's 2-1 win over Nashville on Tuesday. In 17 games this season, the 30-year-old veteran has a record of 8-8-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

Anton Khudobin is slated to start Thursday against the Capitals, while the 'Canes also recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from their American Hockey League affiliate in Charlotte to serve as the backup.