With Cam Ward weeks away from returning and Anton Khudobin's availability in doubt and the Rick DiPietro experiment underway with the Charlotte Checkers, the Canes' goaltending job belongs to Justin Peters.
Canes coach Kirk Muller said Monday that Peters has "the ball." For now he's the No. 1 goalie, the best option.
Against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, Peters allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-1 loss and Muller had no complaints about the goaltending.
"He battled and he played hard," Muller said. "We broke down (and) had mistakes that cost us a couple of goals. We had opportunities to capitalize and had almost similar plays but we didn't capitalize."
The Pens' goals came on a rebound, a sparkling play by Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, then a deflection that ended up with the puck bouncing past Peters.
"There's such a fine line between winning and losing," Peters said after the game. "One play in the game can make a difference."
On Monday, that was the Crosby-...