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1,742 — Days since Cam Ward earned a win in four straight starts. Ward has reeled off three straight wins this week and will have a chance to nab his fourth vs. Columbus. When was the last time Ward won four games in a row? It was Jan. 24-30, 2010, when Ward won games vs. the Bruins, Rangers, Islanders and Blackhawks. Ward stopped 129 of 134 shots in the stretch, including a 39-save effort in the final game over Chicago. Ward has stopped 72 of 76 in his current three-game winning streak and will be looking for his fourth win in seven nights — the same total of days he needed to get his last two four-game win streaks.
Ward has won four games or more in a row eight times in his career, with the longest streak coming in March and April of 2009, when he ran off nine straight victories. Carolina last won four straight when they managed a five-game streak last season from Dec. 31, 2013, to Jan. 9, 2014.