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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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