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Ward to Start Again Tonight

Saturday, 12.27.2008 / 12:03 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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