Cam Ward G CAR 8 hours ago

Ward appears on track to start Tuesday's game against the Caps, NHL.com's Michael Smith reports.

Ward, who has won both of his starts since returning from a bout with the flu, is thus slated to return to the Carolina net after giving way to Anton Khudobin in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins.

Cam Ward G CAR 2 days ago

Ward turned away 21 of 22 shots in Saturday's win over the Devils.

In a game between two the league's weakest scoring attacks, there predictably wasn't much offense to be found as the teams combined for four goals and 54 shot attempts. Ward was just a bit sharper than opposing netminder Keith Kinkaid, earning the Carolina goalie his second win in two starts since returning from a bout with the flu. Coach Bill Peters is set to go with Anton Khudobin as the starter Sunday versus the Bruins, but Ward's solid showings his last two times out might put him on the inside track to finish the year as the Hurricanes' No. 1 netminder.

Cam Ward G CAR 4 days ago

Ward will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Penguins, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The Hurricanes will go back to Ward for a second straight game after he stopped 27 shots in Thursday's upset 5-2 victory over the Penguins. Coach Bill Peters has generally embraced a timeshare between Ward and Anton Khudobin, and seems unlikely to deviate from those plans over the final two weeks of the season. Ward's 2.43 GAA and .910 save percentage have been passable this season, but with the Hurricanes headed for a sub-.500 finish, the victories don't figure to trickle in for either of the team's goalies on a regular basis.

Cam Ward G CAR 5 days ago

Ward saved 27 of 29 shots Thursday in a 5-2 rout of the Penguins.

He almost had his second consecutive one-goal outing, but had just a little of the shine taken off his stats thanks to a late-third-period Ian Coal goal. Wins remains few and far between for Ward, and even his hot streaks have been unreliable, as he's had an unfortunate tendency to put together a few good games in a row, then take a step back.

Cam Ward G CAR 6 days ago

Ward (illness) will return to the net Thursday against the Penguins, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Carolinas reports.

Ward sat out the last five games in favor of Anton Khudobin while battling the flu. The illness never prevented Ward from serving as the backup goalie, but the Hurricanes obviously preferred not to press him into duty while he was less than 100 percent healthy. The Hurricanes had been employing a rough timeshare in goal prior to Ward's absence, and that figures to remain the case yet again, even after Khudobin turned in a handful of quality outings his last few times out. No matter who gets the call on a given night, both Ward and Khudobin will remain low-upside options due to the lack of offensive support they typically receive.

Cam Ward G CAR 2 weeks ago

Ward (illness) returned to practice Friday, nhl.com's Michael Smith reports.

Ward has been healthy enough to serve as a backup, and he may now be ready to actually start. Carolina's next game is scheduled for Saturday against the Rangers.

Cam Ward G CAR 2 weeks ago

Coach Bill Peters relayed Wednesday that Ward (illness) is still feeling sick.

Ward was able to serve as the backup goalie during Tuesday's loss to the Senators, but it's clear he's at less than full strength while he works his way back from the illness. He was absent from practice Wednesday, and as a result, Peters announced that Anton Khudobin would make a third straight start in goal for the Hurricanes.

Cam Ward G CAR 2 weeks ago

Ward is under the weather as Tuesday's game against Ottawa approaches, according to NHL.com's Michael Smith.

With Ward not feeling well, Anton Khudobin is slated to start Tuesday's contest, with Ward thus a candidate to return to action Thursday against Montreal, health permitting.

Cam Ward G CAR 2 weeks ago

Ward made 20 saves in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Panthers. He allowed just a single goal.

It was his best performance of his last five games, but it just wasn't enough. Ward is a long-time removed from his so-called elite years and should be considered a middle-to-low tier option next year.

Cam Ward G CAR 2 weeks ago

Ward has been confirmed as the starter in goal Saturday against the Panthers, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Neither Ward nor Anton Khudobin have played well of late, but coach Bill Peters will turn to his nominal No. 1 goalie with the hope that he can stumble into a decent performance. Ward has been much improved from a season earlier, but is still 18-20-5 with a 2.47 GAA and .909 save percentage over 43 games, making him no better than a middle-of-the-road fantasy option.