Ward signed a one-day contract with Carolina on Wednesday to retire as a member of the Hurricanes.
As a 21-year-old rookie, Ward went 15-8 with a 2.14 GAA in the 2006 playoffs to help the 'Canes lift Lord Stanley's cup on his way to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. The veteran netminder would spend 13 seasons playing in Carolina, in which he posted a 318-244-84 record and .909 save percentage. After playing for the Blackhawks last year, Ward will hang up his pads and call it a career, finishing 23rd overall on the career wins lists.
Ward allowed four goals on 49 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday.
Everything was looking good early for the veteran goaltender, who held a 2-0 lead after the first period. Then everything went south, as the Predators posted 36 shots and five goals in the final two periods. Despite this loss, Ward still posted a strong second half, going 9-4-0 after Jan. 21. Even with the hot streak at the end, though, Ward still had some of the worst overall numbers of his career. He went 16-12-4 with a 3.69 GAA and .897 save percentage in 33 games during 2018-19.
Ward will defend the blue paint in Saturday's road matchup with the Predators, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ward was forced into action unexpectedly Friday against Dallas after Corey Crawford suffered a groin injury, and he performed admirably, turning aside 25 of 26 shots en route to a convincing 6-1 victory. The veteran netminder will look to stay sharp and end the season on a high note by securing his 17th win of the campaign in a road matchup with a Nashville team that's only averaging 2.83 goals per game at home in 2018-19, 25th in the NHL.
Ward stopped 25 of 26 shots after replacing Corey Crawford (groin) early in the second period of Friday's 6-1 win over the Stars.
The strong relief effort earned Ward his 16th win of the season. The veteran netminder hasn't been particularly consistent in his first campaign with Chicago, but with Crawford banged up once again, Ward will likely be in net for the season finale Saturday in Nashville.
Ward turned aside 37 of 40 shots in regulation and overtime, and all three shootout attempts he faced, in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
Making his first start in a month, the netminder got beaten twice in the final eight minutes of the third period just to send the game into OT, but Ward shut the door on the St. Louis comeback attempt after that. The Hawks end their season with one last back-to-back set this weekend, so the 35-year-old could see action once more and get a shot at his 16th win before hitting the links.
Ward will patrol the crease in Wednesday's home game against the Blues, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Ward hasn't tasted game action since he allowed four goals on 33 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on March 3, so he'll definitely have some serious rust to shake off Wednesday. The veteran netminder will be looking to pick up his 15th win of the season in a tough home matchup with a hot Blues team that's gone 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.
Ward has fully recovered from a knee injury, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Ward has yet to suit up since Mar. 3, and seems to have finally shaken off the injury bug. The 35-year-old has a 14-11-0 record to go along with a 3.72 GAA and .893 save percentage this campaign. It's unclear if Ward will start Saturday's game in Montreal, but third-stringer Collin Delia was shipped back to AHL Rockford.
Ward (knee) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against Toronto, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports.
Ward is still recovering from the knee injury he sustained March 3 against the Sharks and will have to wait for Saturday's matchup with Montreal for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Collin Delia will continue to serve as Corey Crawford's backup until Ward is cleared to return.
Ward suffered a knee injury and will be out 7-to-10 days, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Collin Delia was emergency recalled from AHL Rockford to fill Ward's spot for the time being. Ward has struggled of late with a 4.33 GAA in the last five outings. He will look to return March 13 for a road game versus the Maple Leafs.
Ward surrendered four goals on 33 shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
The Blackhawks erased deficits in the first and second periods, but the Sharks ran away with the game in the third. Ward dropped to 14-11-4 with a 3.72 GAA and a .893 save percentage. He's given up 21 goals in his last five appearances -- four starts -- and cannot be trusted to produce wins consistently. With Corey Crawford back in the fold, Ward will face pressure for starts for the remainder of the season.
Ward will be in goal for Sunday's road contest in San Jose, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
In his last five starts, Ward has posted a 3-2-0 record with a 3.89 GAA and .885 save percentage. Despite being over .500, Ward has not produced stellar individual stats over this most recent five-game sample and will be in tough Sunday, facing a Sharks team that has gone 6-3-1 in its last 10 and ranks second in the league in goals per game (3.58).
Ward stopped 25 of 29 shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
It's the fourth straight start in which Ward has allowed at least four goals, sending his numbers on the season tumbling to a 3.56 GAA and .894 save percentage. With Corey Crawford (concussion) expected back in action soon, Ward will return to a backup role, and get a rest the 34-year-old seems to need badly.
Ward will tend the home twine in Sunday's game versus the Stars, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ward has marked wins in seven of the last eight games, but he's seen his save percentage fall to .860 over the last three outings. Dallas enters this contest with the 29th-ranked offense at 2.51 goals per game, but it just acquired Mats Zuccarello, who could reinvigorate the unit. Still, tread lightly utilizing Ward in the fantasy realm, as his recent performances haven't been promising.
Ward allowed four goals on 35 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Red Wings on Wednesday.
It looked like the 34-year-old and the Blackhawks were cruising to an easy victory, but the Red Wings stormed back with three third-period goals to send the game into overtime. Ward still earned the victory, but the third period severely hurt his save percentage. While he improved to 14-9-4, his numbers worsened elsewhere. He now owns a 3.69 GAA and an .894 save percentage in 28 appearances this season.
Ward will start in goal Wednesday night against host Detroit, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ward has a sterling 7-3-0 record since the calendar flipped to 2019, albeit with a 3.33 GAA and .908 save percentage over that span. While his teammates are frequently bailing him out, Ward clearly earned the 'W' against these Red Wings on Feb. 10, as he stood on his head and redirected 43 of 45 shots in front of the home crowd. Consider streaming him as a low-budget DFS option against a Detroit team that has virtually no chance of making the playoffs.
Ward stopped 24 of 28 shots in the final 52 minutes of action Monday, earning an 8-7 win over Ottawa.
This wasn't a great performance from Ward by any means, but it could have been a lot worse considering how things were going in this contest. However, caution is a wise idea given that he's allowed nine goals in his past two appearances.
Ward allowed five goals on 30 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
This performance will ruin a lot of the good faith Ward built up with owners to begin this month. The defeat snapped a five-game winning streak in which Ward posted a .943 save percentage. Still, Ward is 8-4-0 with a .911 save percentage since Dec. 18. Considering he is 12-9-4 with a 3.66 GAA and an .896 save percentage overall this season, owners will certainly take his more recent performances.
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 will be in goal for Thursday's home tilt against New Jersey, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Through 24 games as a Blackhawk, Ward owns a lackluster 3.67 GAA and .895 save percentage. That said, the 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner has been phenomenal in his past four starts, winning each of them while posting a 2.21 GAA and .940 save percentage. Ward has a good opportunity to keep this run going, as Thursday he takes on a Devils squad that sits 15th in the Eastern Conference standings and will be without Taylor Hall (lower body).