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Ward to Start Again Tonight

Saturday, 12.27.2008 / 12:03 PM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45