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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