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Number To Know — Sept. 30, 2014

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Today’s Number To Know looks at the battle for Carolina’s No. 1 spot in goal and how Tuesday’s game could shape it.

Cam Ward will face St. Louis — a team he has a successful history against — in Tuesday’s preseason game.
Cam Ward will face St. Louis — a team he has a successful history against — in Tuesday’s preseason game.
Jamie Kellner
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.950 — Cam Ward’s career regular season save percentage vs. the St. Louis Blues, the team he will face in Tuesday’s preseason game. Ward has had great success against the Blues in his career, going 5-1-1 with a 1.54 goals-against average and two shutouts in seven outings. The only team Ward has comparable numbers against? The Chicago Blackhawks. Ward is 3-0-2 with a .965 save percentage, 1.17 goals-against average and two shutouts against the Hawks in his career.

Ward last faced the Blues on March 15, 2012, when he registered a 40-save shutout. A similar performance may be needed by the former Conn Smythe winner Tuesday — Ward is expected to play the full game — if he is going to make a race out of his battle with Anton Khudobin for the Hurricanes’ No. 1 goaltending job.