Canes won't reveal Game 6 status of Weight, Ward

Updated: June 16, 2006, 9:32 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

EDMONTON, Alberta -- It's unknown whether injuries sustained in Game 5 to forward Doug Weight (left arm/shoulder) or defenseman Aaron Ward (various ailments, including taking a shot to the left foot) will keep them out of the lineup for Saturday's sixth game against the Oilers.

Doug Weight
Weight

Aaron Ward
Ward

Ward did not appear to be limping when he exited the team bus in Edmonton, but coach Peter Laviolette said they wouldn't discuss the team's injury situation.

Ward suffered what the team called an "upper-body injury" early in the first period of Wednesday's Game 5, while Weight took a sandwich hit from Chris Pronger and Raffi Torres in the opening minute of the third period. He left the ice, favoring his shoulder. Weight returned to the bench late in regulation but did not play.

The Hurricanes lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and will try again to clinch the Cup in Edmonton.

Carolina forward Cory Stillman said he was operating under the assumption both would play Saturday.

If Ward couldn't go, it would likely open the door to Oleg Tverdovsky, who's played a total of 2:20 in this series.

Josef Vasicek, who played the last two games, would likely see increased ice time if Weight cannot play. Chad LaRose would likely come back into the lineup, as well.

As for the momentum that the Oilers seem to have stolen back from the Carolina Hurricanes with their dramatic overtime win in Game 5, Laviolette said the Oilers can have it.

In previous series, the Canes have not played well when they were supposed to own momentum. Laviolette said there's been little carry-over from game to game.

"Let 'em have it. We don't like momentum," Laviolette said. "Haven't liked it for two rounds."

Scott Burnside is an NHL writer for ESPN.com.