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Player Blog: Cam Ward

Friday, 10.3.2008 / 3:30 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Player Blog: Cam Ward

Ed note: Rather than put the burden on one player to check in often amid the busy season for a dedicated player blog, we've decided it would be better to rotate through the roster for brief updates throughout the year.

Today's subject is starting goaltender Cam Ward


Obviously we just had a longer offseason than what we were hoping for.  It was disappointing the way the season ended last year, but at the same time it’s a chance to use that as motivation coming into this season.  For the most part I stuck around Raleigh and made a couple of trips.  I went back home for about three weeks to Alberta and went on a Mediterranean cruise in Europe with Eric Staal and his wife and had a good time.

Ward

My wife and I really like it here.  We’ve got our house here, so for the most part I just enjoy being here.  I’ve got a boat down here, and there’s nothing better than having the nice weather down here to enjoy it.  You want to make at least one or two trips to make the family, and the only bad thing about living here is that it’s a long ways from home.  My parents are going to be flying in on Saturday and are going to be here for about a week and a half, so it’s going to be good for them to be here and see opening night.

I think everybody is excited to come back to camp and get things going again.  We feel very strong with the team we have with the skill and the character to be one of the top teams in this league.  Hopefully we get off to a good start.

Camp has been good, but camp is camp.  It’s a chance to get the feel back and to gel with one another again and try to get on the same page so you’re peaking on opening night October 10.  We’ve got a lot of new faces on the back end with our defense.  That will take time, but with that being said it’s the whole idea of the exhibition season to use this time to get to know one another so that come October 10 we have no excuses.

Personally for myself I’ve felt great in practice.  In practice you’re getting your reaction and your timing back, but when you get into a game situation it’s a completely different ball game.  You’ve got to be mentally focused for the full 60 minutes and anything can happen at any given time.  In practice you can anticipate what’s going to happen with set drills, and it’s very predictable.  In games it’s just getting the feel back and getting to know the new players on the team.

My first couple of exhibition games were a little bit of a struggle just to get back in the game flow of things again, but I was very happy and pleased with the way things went in Nashville.  Hopefully we can end on a positive note here on Sunday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 55 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 53 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 55 12 19 7 31
K. Versteeg 54 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 55 9 21 1 30
E. Lindholm 55 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 48 8 12 0 20
J. Nordstrom 44 5 10 2 15
R. Hainsey 55 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 7 .909 2.34
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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