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Monday Musings, Site Updates

Monday, 09.29.2008 / 10:38 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Monday Musings, Site Updates
Happy Monday morning to everyone out there.  The Hurricanes are off the ice today for the Kids 'N Community Golf Tournament, so there probably won't be too much to report until tomorrow morning. 

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Hopefully, anyway.  As Erik Johnson of the St. Louis Blues proved to us a few weeks ago, the golf course can be a dangerous place.  Let somebody else do the driving and hang on tight, boys.

Speaking of the injury bug, I added a new injury report feature to the site this morning.  It won't contain any news that I won't post or update you with in this blog, but it might serve you well as a quick reference from time to time.  If anybody needs a page like that, it's us, unfortunately.

That chart looks bad, doesn't it?  Hopefully it's not as bad as it looks, though.  From everything we've heard, everyone on that list except Justin Williams has a good chance of being ready for opening night.  Also, extra caution is obviously used in the preseason.  Guys like Matt Cullen, Ray Whitney and Tim Gleason aren't in danger of losing their roster spots anytime soon, so the Canes are much better off letting them take their time.

As for some other features on the site, I've updated the depth chart since yesterday's cuts.  Among the changes, I moved Dennis Seidenberg into the top six defensemen based on his very good preseason.  Haven't seen enough of Anton Babchuk yet, so he's out for the moment, and I give Frank Kaberle the edge over Josef Melichar for now based on recent exhibition games.

Making a debut appearance in the forward ranks - Zach Boychuk!  I'm having a tough time deciding if he has a realistic chance to stick with the team to start the year.  On one hand he's looked great in practices, but on the other hand he hasn't taken any NHL-level contact yet.  That's quite important for a smaller player.  I could see the Canes signing him and trying him out for the first 10 games of the season, and then possibly sending him back to his junior team in Lethbridge.  Any more games than that and it would count as a year against his NHL contract.

Keep in mind that I'm not intentionally slighting Dan LaCouture or Jeff O"Neill - I have to pull players from the NHL's database to add to the chart, and those guys aren't available since they aren't under contract.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone about our Kaiton's Corner section and podcast.  We have every Kaiton's Corner segment (Chuck answers your submitted questions on-air) and interview available on demand.  Even if you don't subscribe, his memories of the Spectrum episode is worth listening to just for Associate Coach Kevin McCarthy's awesome story.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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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

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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