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Ward to Start Again Tonight

Saturday, 12.27.2008 / 12:03 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Ward to Start Again Tonight
Coach Paul Maurice said that goaltender Cam Ward will start in goal for the second consecutive night tonight against the east's best team, the Boston Bruins.

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The four goals agianst didn't do justice to how Ward played last night.  He made 27 saves and kept the Canes in the game during a flurry of golden chances for Atlanta in the second period.  A few of the goals that did beat him were on tips and bouncing pucks through traffic that are difficult for any goalie to get a handle on.

"That was a brutal night for goaltenders," said Maurice of the 5-4 victory.  "That's the worst game is the day after Christmas for 'tenders.  They get hung out to try and they have to make great saves post-to-post.  He was outstanding last night."

Although he didn't skate at this morning's optional session, Maurice said he "expects Dennis (Seidenberg) to be here" for tonight's game.  Whether he can actually suit up or not after coming down with a nasty illness yesterday will be more of a game-time decision.  If he can't go, Wade Brookbank will pick up a minute or two on defense as he did last night.

The Canes did fairly well in their last match-up against the Bruins, a 4-2 loss seven days ago against a team that had won 12 straight at home, but will be looking for more this time around against one of the NHL's best this season.

"I'd like tonight for us to see if we can shut them down, because that will be a great test for us," said Maurice.  "Swining with these guys doesn't do you any good.  You don't learn anything.  If we can shut them down tonight, we gain some confidence from that for the next two or three weeks.

"The easiest thing is to say it's just another game, but for teams like us,  I don't think they ever are.  I think you've got to look at this as really good measuring sticks for where you're at."

Maurice also said that defenseman Niclas Wallin, who has been skating with the team recently, won't be back until the New Year's Eve game on Wednesday vs. Atlanta at the earliest. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72