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Carolina rolling with Ward
Cam Ward will make his fifth straight start on Friday night as the ‘Canes look to win their fourth consecutive contest, and second in a row against Columbus.
After splitting time with Anton Khudobin to start the year, Ward has emerged as Carolina’s No. 1 netminder (for now). His run began with a 4-1 defeat in Vancouver on Oct. 28 — a game in which he allowed three goals on 24 shots — but from there Ward was excellent, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.34 GAA and .947 save percentage.
For Columbus, Curtis McElhinney will get the start in goal.
Oilers at Sabres: Michal Neuvirth for Buffalo, Viktor Fasth likely for Edmonton.
Devils at Red Wings: Cory Schneider vs. Jimmy Howard
Caps at Hawks: Braden Holtby vs. Corey Crawford
Coyotes at Ducks: Mike Smith vs. Frederik Andersen
Vladimir Tarasenko netted his ninth of the season extending his scoring streak to four games as the St. Louis Blues edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Thursday night.
With the win, the Blues extended their win streak to a league-best seven games.
Alexander Steen, David Backes and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis while Jake Allen made 24 saves.
Schwartz and Tarasenko each had a goal and an assist in the win.
Tarasenko now has eight goals and three assists in his last six games.
Allen, who shutout the Devils 1-0 Tuesday night, had his shutout streak snapped at 184:01 when Michael Ryder got New Jersey on the board in the third period. Ryder scored twice in loss.
Marek Zidlicky had the other Devils goal. Cory Schneider, who made his 13th consecutive start, made 19 saves in the loss. He was replaced by Keith Kinkaid in the third period. Post-game Pete DeBoer confirmed Schneider would made his 14th straight start Friday when the Devils visit Detroit.
DeBoer had no update on forward Ryane Clowe, who left the game in the second period.
Per the New Jersey Devils PR team, Jaromir Jagr’s assist on Ryder’s second goal of the night, was his 1,057th career assist – he is now six shy of Steve Yzerman for seventh all-time. The 42-year-old’s next game will be the 1,487th of his NHL career, tying Wayne Gretzky for 17th all-time.
New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe has left tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues with an undisclosed injury.
Clowe ran into Blues forward Alexander Steen on his final shift:
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko continues to light the lamp for St. Louis.
Tonight’s victim: The New Jersey Devils.
The 22-year-old now has eight goals and two assists, and counting, in six games.
St. Louis Blues’ defenseman Ian Cole thought he had opened the scoring late in the first period; however, the goal was immediately disallowed as it was deemed Jori Lehtera made contact with Cory Schneider.
Replays show Devils center Stephen Gionta pushed Lehtera into Schneider – probably could’ve called this one a good goal.