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Ward Returns to Practice

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 1:15 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Ward Returns to Practice
Cam Ward joined the Canes on the ice Sunday for a 30-minute practice in what was another important step forward for the injured goaltender.
Cam Ward joined the Carolina Hurricanes on the ice Sunday for a 30-minute practice in what was another important step forward for the goaltender.

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Ward has recently been skating with other injured players and assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour. On Saturday, he put in a brief on-ice session at the tail end of the team’s morning skate.

Sunday marked his first practice with the team since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 24 in Minnesota. Head coach Kirk Muller circled up with Ward at center ice after practice.

“He just told me that today was a pretty good day, that he was feeling good,” Muller said. “Tomorrow he wants to get a full practice in with the guys and monitor it as the practices roll along here.”

At the time of his injury, the prognosis was that he’d be sidelined for three to four weeks. Thursday, Nov. 14 will mark the three-week point, which puts Ward a bit ahead of schedule, certainly not a bad thing for the Canes who are currently without both their No. 1 and No. 2 goaltenders.

Looking ahead at the schedule, Tuesday’s tilt against the Colorado Avalanche isn’t a true option for Ward at this point, as he will require a few team practices before he’s ready to man the crease for a 60-minute game.

“We’ve just got to watch and see him improve each day … before he gets pain free, solid and healthy,” Muller said.

An earliest possible return could be the upcoming weekend back-to-back set with Anaheim and St. Louis. But even that isn’t etched in stone, as it is entirely dependent on how Ward responds to full team practices.

“He needs to be healthy and 100 percent,” Muller said. “He needs practices, and he needs to be looking sharp and confident.”

In other injury news, defenseman Tim Gleason rejoined the Canes at practice today, as well, while Jeff Skinner, Anton Khudobin and Kevin Westgarth continue to put in on-ice work on their own. A full, up-to-date injury report can be found here.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
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11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60