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Training Camp Officially Underway

Friday, 09.19.2008 / 10:19 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Training Camp Officially Underway

Today marks the official first day of training camp, although there won’t be too much excitement to report unless you’re a big fan of physicals and headshots.

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Headshots actually keep me pretty busy as I have to put all the new ones on the site.  That means it's time to say goodbye to Tuomo Ruutu's post-facial-injury classic from last year.  We'll also see if Drayson Bowman cracks a smile this year, although I doubt it.  Every headshot I've seen of him looks pretty much just like that.

As far as the physicals go, you should probably hope there isn’t any big news resulting from those – we’ve gotten off to quite a start on the injury front already.

The on-ice activities aren’t scheduled to start until tomorrow, although practices will be closed to the public due to the NC State/ECU football game going on across the parking lot.  There’s a morning practice on Sunday that’s closed to the public as well, but you’ll be able to see the much more exciting Red/White game at 3 p.m. after the Caniac Carnival (all free of charge to you, the fan). The rest of camp will be wide open with the lone exception of another Saturday NC State game on the 27th, so feel free to come on out if you so choose.

Once the team does hit the ice, they’ll be looking to repeat the success of last year’s camp, which GM Jim Rutherford called one of the best he’s seen in his 14 years as a general manager.

”I thought Peter [Laviolette] did an exceptionally good job of including everybody in to run the camp, including Ronnie [Francis] on the ice and different things like that,” said Rutherford.

Since the Canes ended up missing the playoffs that year, the correlation between a good camp and a good season isn’t so strong.  It does seem to have an influence on how the team fares coming out of the gate, however. 

Training camps in 2005 and 2007 were generally regarded as good camps, and the team got through October with starts of 8-2-1 and 7-3-3, respectively – each good for 17 points.  The post-championship 2006 training camp wasn’t very good, and neither were the Canes in October after going winless in their first four games and finishing the month at .500.

”We might as well not have even have had training camp,” said Rutherford at the conclusion of of the 2006-07 season.

There’s no question that getting a good start helps though, as last year’s team proved that every single point counts.  The focus this year will be on getting that momentum and maintaining it through the entire year.

“Training camp last year, if you look back at it, training camp was terrific,” said Laviolette.  “We had a great training camp, we won games, the guys played hard, practiced hard, we were in good shape, we started the season real well.

”We hit a November, December and half of January skid where I think we played four or five games under .500 for too long of a time," he added.  "It cost us.  It wasn’t training camp, it wasn’t the start of the year, and it certainly wasn’t the end of the year.  It was that middle blow that kind of did us in.”


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81