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Canes Happy with Successful Trip

Friday, 10.31.2008 / 2:24 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Happy with Successful Trip

It’s been adventurous at times, but the Canes are back in Raleigh from their six-game road trip sporting a healthy 5-2-2 record after the first month of the season.

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The trend of inconsistent efforts persisted last week against Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders, but the Canes feel like they’ve turned a corner in that department with a pair of good showings in their last two games - a shootout loss to Montreal and last night’s 1-0 victory over St. Louis.

“Especially in Montreal I think we played a solid 60 minutes for the first time, even though we came up short but still got a point,” said Tim Gleason.  “Overall we played an excellent game from the goal on out, and that continued last night.  Chances against were down and chances for were up, and that’s what we’re looking for every single night.”

“I thought it was a real good effort to come home on,” said coach Peter Laviolette of last night’s game.  “There’s some things that have been good, some things that could be better, and we’re looking forward to being at home with a winning record.”

The road-weary Canes (only two of their nine games have been at home), will now enjoy a November schedule that features 11 games at the RBC Center, starting this weekend with a game against Edmonton on Saturday and then the first of a home-and-home series with Toronto on Sunday.

Even though he’s glad to be back, Laviolette said that doesn’t necessarily make their schedule much easier.

“We’re in the middle of seven games in 11 nights – that’s a lot of hockey,” he said.  “There is no time [to sit back].  We’re home, but it’s not like we’re home and can get some rest.  We’re home working with two games in two and a half days, and then we’re back on the road.”

Even though spirits in Friday’s practice were high, the players don’t feel completely comfortable yet either.

”Every night the game is on the line, and that’s why it’s so competitive and every game is so important,” said Gleason.  “Tomorrow is a big opportunity to be at home and get the crowd back behind us.”

Laviolette said he wished he could have given the player today off, but tomorrow's 3 p.m. start made put a pregame skate out of the question.  Scott Walker, who has been skating on his own while recovering from a hand injury, took the ice with the rest of the team today in a non-contact jersey.  Laviolette said he thinks Walker is still about two weeks away from being game-ready.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45