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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
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72