RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes say goalie Cam Ward will miss six to eight weeks with a sprained knee ligament.
The team announced Ward's diagnosis Monday and said the former All-Star goalie will not require surgery.
The team says Ward suffered a third-degree sprain to his medial collateral ligament midway through the second period of Sunday night's 3-2 win at Florida.
He hurt his left knee when teammate Justin Faulk slid into him while the defenseman tried to stop Florida's Jack Skille from skating toward the net.
The team-issued timeline places Ward's potential return in mid- to late-April. The regular season ends April 27.
The injury makes backup Dan Ellis the team's No. 1 goalie. Ellis is 3-2-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average in his first season in Carolina.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Stanley Cup Final Game 1 Pick Who will take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finalwhen the Pittsburgh Penguinshost the Nashville...
Thumbnail Conn Smythe Odds With the Stanley Cup Finalset to begin today, which member of the Pittsburgh Penguinsor the Nashville Predators will come away with the Conn Smythe...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Final Odds The 2017 Stanley Cup Final is set as the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Nashville Predators. Who do the oddsmakers...
Thumbnail Senators vs. Penguins Game 7 Pick It all comes down to Game 7 tonight at 8PM ET when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals. Who will come out with the...
Thumbnail Senators vs. Penguins Game 6 Pick After a dominant showing in Game 5, will the Pittsburgh Penguins finish off the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals when they meet in Game 6 at 8PM...

NHL Team Pages