News: Ward stopped 28 of 29 shots Wednesday, but received no offensive support in a shutout loss to Florida.
Impact: Tough break for Ward, who did his best to try and earn just his second win in six games. While he was excellent Wednesday, Ward has still allowed three or more goals in three of his last four starts. The 30-year-old is now 6-8-1 this season with a 2.61 GAA and .907 save percentage. Judging by his superb play against the Panthers, Ward will get back into the win column soon.
News: Faulk recorded six shots on goal in Wednesday's loss to Florida, but was held off the scoresheet for the fourth time in five games.
Impact: It was a decent outing for Faulk, but the Hurricanes couldn't score on any of their 33 shots Wednesday. Although Faulk has 12 points (two goals) in 21 games this season, he is a minus-4 over his last two games and a minus-9 on the season. Don't worry, however, as Faulk once again led the team in ice time Wednesday (22:57) and is generating lots of offensive chances. His defensive play could use some improvement, but Faulk is a workhorse in Carolina and should record 40-plus points in 2014-15.
News: Staal registered an assist during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Avalanche. It was his fifth point in his last three games.
Impact: Staal has been a key offensive force for the resurgent Canes the last few weeks, with 11 points in 13 games since returning from a five-game absence due to an upper-body injury. Moreover, Staal has not gone more than two games without scoring a point this season, displaying the kind of consistency that fantasy hockey owners crave. As long as he's healthy, Staal should be in your fantasy lineup every time he laces up his skates.
News: With 12 points in 20 games, Faulk is on pace for a career-high 50 points this season.
Impact: Faulk continues to lead the Hurricanes in ice time per game with 23:52, including 2:29 on the power play. His emergence as a top-tier NHL defenseman continues, and fantasy owners should take advantage wherever possible.
News: Ward will start in net Wednesday against the Panthers, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Ward allowed four goals on 35 shots Saturday against the Avalanche, leaving his record at 6-7-1 on the season. He also carries a .903 save percentage and 2.71 GAA with him, and has lost four of his past five games. Wednesday's matchup could be the cure to his woes, however, as he faces a low-scoring Panthers club.
News: Loktionov will sign with Yaroslavl of the KHL, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: After undergoing shoulder surgery in May, Loktionov noticed a cool market in free agency this summer, never even earning a training camp invite with an NHL team. Though the 24-year-old boasts 155 games of experience, he's never been much more than a third-pairing player during stints with the Kings, Devils and Hurricanes. In returning to Russia, he'll look to demonstrate he's healthy in an effort to earn an NHL contract next season.