Ward will guard the cage in Saturday's home game against the Blue Jackets, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports. Ward has been on a roll recently, picking up five consecutive victories while posting an impressive 2.17 GAA and .943 save percentage over that span. The former Hurricane will look to stay sharp and secure his 13th win of the season in a home matchup with a Columbus club that's 17-9-1 on the road this campaign.
Ward was sensational Thursday night, standing on his head on his way to making 41 saves in a 5-2 win over New Jersey. The Blackhawks' netminder has only once in his past five games allowed more than two goals, and with Thursday's win, moves to 12-8-4 on the season. After such a stellar outing versus the Devils, Ward could get the start Saturday at home versus Columbus, though owners best wait for confirmation from the team before setting their lineups.
Ward turned aside 43 of 45 shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Red Wings. The 43 saves were the most for Ward since he got peppered with 54 shots by the Lightning back on Oct. 21, but it's the second time in his last three starts the veteran netminder has had to make 40-plus. He's won four straight starts and five of six, but that's largely due to the offensive support he's been receiving -- Ward's 3.13 GAA and .914 save percentage over that stretch are far from outstanding.
Ward will defend the home net in Sunday's game versus the Red Wings, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports. Ward is riding a hot streak into this game with three straight wins and a .934 save percentage during that span. The Red Wings don't have a threatening offense with just 2.76 goals per game and the 23rd-ranked penalty kill at 16.6 percent. With the Blackhawks providing plenty of offensive support lately -- they've averaged 5.5 goals per game over the last six -- Ward is in line for an excellent chance to mark a win.
Ward allowed two goals on 27 shots in a 6-2 victory against the Oilers on Tuesday. The veteran yielded both of his goals during the first period, where the Oilers recorded 16 shots, but after that, the Blackhawks dominated. Edmonton tallied just 11 shots on goal in the final two periods combined and watched Chicago record five goals. Ward has won three in a row and is 10-8-4 with a 3.74 GAA and an .894 save percentage this season.
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