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Canes Make Second Round of Cuts

Friday, 09.26.2008 / 10:26 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Make Second Round of Cuts

Last night’s game against Washington had the same result as Wednesday night’s game – a three-goal loss - but the effort was better, and the result more understandable.

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From a win/loss standpoint, all last night’s game really proved is that the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals will have a good chance of soundly beating the Albany River Rats next season.  What the Hurricanes did take from the game are their evaluations of several depth players and youngsters before they made their second round of cuts today.

Again, no real surprises in these cuts.  Higher-profile players expected to start the season with the River Rats, such as Dwight Helminen, Matt Murley, Casey Borer and Brett Carson, are still around in camp.  Good for players like Jerome Samson, Mark Flood, Brett Bellemore and Noah Babin – those not being counted on to contribute to the Hurricanes just yet - that have apparently done well enough to stick around.

Dan LaCouture’s goal last night (disregard the error on the official score sheet – Harrison Reed didn’t even play in the game) was enough for the free agent tryout to stick around as well. 

Even though youngsters Drayson Bowman and Brandon Sutter haven’t set the world on fire in camp or preseason thus far, they’ll continue to get the benefit of the doubt until a later round of cuts, at least, especially with so many Hurricanes regulars nursing day-to-day injuries.  Both had better games last night, as Bowman picked up an assist on Ryan Bayda’s goal, and Sutter drew a penalty leading to the first goal and was improved on faceoffs, winning 9 of 20. 

In addition to those two, Zach Boychuk, still wearing the non-contact jersey at this morning’s practice and unlikely to appear in an exhibition, will continue to take in the camp atmosphere as well.


 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62