Ward gave up four goals on just 22 shots in a 4-3 road loss to the Rangers on Monday. One of the league's worst teams losing to one of the best isn't exactly shocking, but the fact that Ward has allowed seven goals over his last 36 shots certainly is. With 19 appearances under his belt already this season, the veteran is very much the undisputed No. 1 in Raleigh, but the fact that he has just seven victories and an awful .898 save percentage on a dismal Hurricanes team leaves him well behind the pack of the league's most desirable fantasy netminders.
Ward will be in the cage Monday to take on the Rangers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Ward will take on a sliding Rangers team that has lost three-straight games. However, the Hurricanes have dropped their last 10 games in Madison Square Garden and Ward was pulled after two periods in his last start. The Hurricanes are a far inferior team to New York, so Ward could see chances galore if the Rangers play to their abilities.
Ward succumbed to the Sabres on Friday by letting in three goals on 14 shots. He was replaced by Eddie Lack for the third period. Ward coughed up each goal at even strength. There isn't much to be excited about with Ward as he backstops for a losing team (8-11-4) and has allowed three or more goals in more than half of his appearances this season.
Ward will start in net for Friday night's road contest against the Sabres. Ward has a 7-6-3 record, 2.35 GAA and .906 save percentage for the Hurricanes this season. Heading into the 2015-16 campaign, hockey pundits might have thought backup Eddie Lack would spell Ward more often than he has. However, Lack has only made six appearances between the posts in 22 games.
Ward turned aside 30 of 31 shots to emerge the victor in Wednesday night's home contest against the Oilers. Make that two consecutive wins for Ward, who had gone the previous four appearances without a regulation victory. This latest performance should be a nice confidence booster for Ward as he recorded a poor 3.01 GAA and .878 save percentage in eight career games against the Oilers heading into Wednesday.
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