Following the Canes' pregame morning skate, Muller had stated that backup goalie Justin Peters would start against the Caps with AHL call-up Mike Murphy as his backup.
Ward is listed as day-to-day and Muller hopes the 27-year-old will be healthy for the Hurricanes' next game on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
In 51 games with the Canes this season, Ward has posted a .911 save percentage and 2.81 goals-against average.
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