Mar 2, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) looks for the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Ward Has An Opportunity To Finish The Year Strong For The Carolina Hurricanes

Cam Ward has had an incredibly rough season for the Carolina Hurricanes. The injury-plagued goalie has played in just 22 games this seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes, but he has the opportunity to finish the year strong.

The Carolina Hurricanes have 18 games remaining in their regular season. Since the team seems to be well out of the playoff race, it will likely be more inclined to starting Cam Ward on a more frequent basis.The Carolina Hurricanes  have a 1.7% chance of making the playoffs according to sportsclubstats.com.

Cam Ward needs to take advantage of the increased amount of playing time that he will likely get. He needs to prove to the Carolina Hurricanes, the NHL, and, most importantly, himself that he can still play at a high level.

The Carolina Hurricanes were trailing the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in the second period on Saturday night. Anton Khudobin started the game, but was pulled for Cam Ward after the Devils scored their fourth goal.

Cam Ward came in to play the final 27 minutes of the game, and played pretty well. He allowed one goal on nine shots. It may not be terribly impressive, but that performance was much better than many of his previous outings. He looked much more confident against the Devils than he had looked for most of the season.

Now that Cam Ward is healthy, he needs to get his head straight. At this point, his mind is the only thing holding him back. The best way to get Cam Ward back on track is to play him, and that is what the Carolina Hurricanes need to do in the final month of the season.

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