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.
Ward will start in net and oppose the Oilers on Wednesday. Ward has made seven starts in November, allowing three or more goals in five of those matches. However, it's not like Wednesday's matchup is a bad draw for Ward. Edmonton is currently in last place in the Western Conference, owns a minus-9 goal differential, and remains without mega prospect Connor McDavid (clavicle).
Ward stopped 26 of 29 shots in Sunday's win over the Kings. The win snaps a four game losing streak for Ward, though he got little in the way of offensive support en route to an 0-3-1 mark in that span. His rate stats actually took a hit in this one, falling to a .902 save percentage and 2.44 GAA, but getting back in the win column could help get him going.
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