Cam Ward has been highly criticized due to his poor of a start for the Carolina Hurricanes. However, Ward had one of his best games all season on Sunday in helping Carolina get a 4-2 win. I’m sure there are people who will get on me about my criticism of Ward, but when a goalie has a 3.16 goals against average for the season, something needs to be said about it.
Ward is still giving up three goals a game over his last five contests, including two games where he gave up four goals. Those are not winning numbers, but I still believe Ward should be starting more often than not the rest of the way because the strong start of Dan Ellis has ended. Ward is undoubtedly the better goalie on this team but must get back to his career years. The Hurricanes are above the .500 mark this season, which is a good sign given how bad Ward has been to start the year. If he can continue to get better, it should only help the squad.
Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals will be a good test for Ward to see if he has truly started turning the corner back to becoming the dominant goalie that he has been over his career. Without him, Carolina isn’t going to make the playoffs, and Ward will rightfully shoulder a lot of that blame; as a standout goalie throughout his career, he knows that as well as anyone.