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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60