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Canes Happy with Successful Trip

Friday, 10.31.2008 / 2:24 PM ET / 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
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
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
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
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

STATS

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