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Wednesday Practice: Ruutu Out, Boychuk In

Wednesday, 10.15.2008 / 1:08 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Wednesday Practice: Ruutu Out, Boychuk In

With Rod Brind’Amour still getting a rest from practice and Tuomo Ruutu held out due to a vague injury (hip, perhaps?) lines at practice had a very different look today.

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In an illustration of what GM Jim Rutherford said yesterday about needing to add a forward in case of injury, defenseman Joni Pitkanen actually took Ruutu’s spot on the right wing with Eric Staal and Ray Whitney.  It’s nothing the Canes are planning to use in games anytime soon, but coach Peter Laviolette said it was needed just to have enough forwards on the ice.

“We’re not really looking at anything,” said Laviolette.  “We’re banged up right now and we had a couple of guys that didn’t go out there just to keep practice moving along.”

Laviolette said he didn’t believe Ruutu’s latest injury was the same groin issue that kept him out of the preseason schedule, and that he hopes he’ll be able to play in the next game at Los Angeles on Friday.

”We’ll give him another day off, and the most important thing is to get him ready for the games coming up on the west coast,” said Laviolette.  “I think just trying to give him a breather and protect him a little bit.”

Zach Boychuk practiced today on a line with Matt Cullen and Patrick Eaves, and according to Laviolette, will make his NHL debut on Friday.  Laviolette said the team was still in the process of figuring out where he’ll fit in to the lineup.

Assuming Ruutu is healthy enough to play Friday night and nothing else comes up between now and then (namely an injury or trade), that would leave another forward out of the lineup.  Wade Brookbank and Dan LaCouture have been low men on the ice time chart so far, averaging only 2:40 and 5:08 per game, respectively.

Laviolette also said Cam Ward will play Friday night, and then he would “figure it out from there.”


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
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13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
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16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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