Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will be out six to eight weeks because of a knee injury, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
Ward was injured in the second period on Sunday and could be out the rest of the regular season.
An MRI on Monday revealed a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament, according to the Charlotte Observer. No surgery is required.
The Hurricanes are expected to recall goalie Justin Peters from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.
Dan Ellis, who played in Charlotte during the NHL lockout, takes over as the Hurricanes' No. 1 goalie.
"You're not able to replace Cam Ward. I think everyone understands that," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday, according to the Observer. "It's hard to replace your No. 1 goalie. But we do have confidence in our other two goalies."
Ward has a 9-6-1 record and a 2.84 goals-against average.
Also, Carolina's Chad LaRose has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.