Carolina Hurricanes News
- The Hurricanes lost to the Dallas Stars last night, 4-1. Read the recap here.
- Matt Karash gives his thoughts on last night’s game (Hockey Buzz)
- Corey Sznajder goes over the decline of Cam Ward (Shutdown Line)
My Opinion: Injuries have certainly played a big role in the decline of Ward recently. Dealing with a knee injury last season to the ones this season, it’s not easy for the netminder to find a groove or have any consistency. That being said if he was still elite, Ward would probably be having a more successful season.
Kari Lehtonen has had some awful injury history, but is still considered an above-average goalie capable of being a strong part of a team’s success for instance. The same can’t really be said about Ward over the past two years. But I believe the biggest reason for Ward’s decline is Anton Khudobin.
Now for the first time since Ward took over the job from Martin Gerber there is actually a more-than-competent backup, who has competed for the starting job, which has lowered the approval rate of Ward.