Ward left Saturday night's win over the Islanders late in the second period with a leg injury. Ward had stopped 15 of 17 shots before leaving the ice favoring his left leg. Head coach Bill Peters said the injury is to Ward's knee or ankle and is not sure of the goalie's status, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. Ward is considered day-to-day leading up to Tuesday's game against the Jets.
Ward will get the start in goal Saturday against the Islanders, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Ward has been red hot lately, boasting a combined 0.92 GAA and .967 save percentage over his last two starts, but has suffered back-to-back overtime losses due to a lack of goal support. The former first-round pick will look to keep rolling Saturday in a tough matchup with an Islanders club that has won three consecutive games, potting at least three goals in each of those victories.
Ward allowed just a single goal on 26 shots but it wasn't enough as Carolina fell 2-1 to Pittsburgh in a shootout. Kris Letang's shootout snipe spoiled the festivities in Carolina, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2006 Stanley Cup win this weekend. Ward and the Canes were at least able to garner a single point in the standings, though, leaving them five points back of a playoff spot. Through 35 games this season, Ward has performed as expected, compiling a 15-11-7 record with a 2.34 GAA and .909 save percentage.
Ward will protect the net Friday against the Penguins, Canes post-game host Mike Maniscalco reports. Riding a strong outing into Friday, Ward will look to keep things rolling between the pipes as he prepares to face a Penguins club that's hit their stride recently, notching 18 goals in five games this month. He should continue serving as the Canes' primary netminder moving forward, but could be a risky play in daily lineups Friday.
Ward denied 33 of 34 shots in Sunday's loss to the Canadiens. It was a valiant effort for Ward, as he also turned aside the first four attempts in the shootout, but the offense in front of him fell flat after scoring in the opening minutes of the contest. The 31-year-old has now appeared in net twice since being activated off the injured reserve with a concussion and has stopped 33 shots in each game, so the time off doesn't seem to be effecting him.
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