Tracking the Storm

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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
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
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

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