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Goalie nods: Cam Ward, Hurricanes boldly go for two wins in a row

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 10: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes watches action on the scoreboard during a timeout of a game against the New York Islanders during their NHL game at PNC Arena on October 10, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

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News and notes from the crease …

Cam and Carolina try to build something

The Carolina Hurricanes won their first game of the season last night, everybody. /sets off fireworks

Maybe the most promising sign was the beleaguered goalie Cam Ward registered a shutout. With Anton Khudobin off to a pretty lousy start (after basically stealing the starting gig in 2013-14), Ward could improve his chances of being the unquestioned No. 1 with another strong performance tonight.

That’s not to say that he has an easy task at hand. The Hurricanes face a Los Angeles Kings team that’s angry (three-game losing streak) and is expected to get Anze Kopitar back. The expectation is that Jonathan Quick will be in net for Los Angeles.

Elsewhere ...

Red Wings at Sabres: Jimmy Howard will be in net for Detroit against Michal Neuvirth and the Buffalo Sabres.

Coyotes at Capitals: A battle of the backups as Devan Dubnyk’s in for Phoenix while Justin Peters minds the Washington net.

Flames at Canadiens: Jonas Hiller attempts to strengthen his grip on the Flames’ top spot while Carey Price goes for Montreal.

Ducks at Avalanche: It at least looks like John Gibson gets a third start in four games for Anaheim against Colorado’s workhorse Semyon Varlamov.

The late games are quite a toss-up right now, be warned.

Jets at Blackhawks: With back-to-back games for both teams, this is a tough one as nothing’s been confirmed. It looks like Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg and Corey Crawford for Chicago.

Predators at Canucks: These haven’t been confirmed either, yet it would make sense if Pekka Rinne played for Nashville while Eddie Lack spells Ryan Miller for Vancouver.