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Rest for the Weary

Monday, 11.10.2008 / 1:13 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Rest for the Weary

The Canes actually have two days off before their next game against Washington – the first time that’s happened since they started a run of eight games in 13 days back on October 28 against Montreal.

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If their last game against Atlanta, a 5-2 loss, is any indication, they could probably use a few days to get their legs back to full strength.  Most of the team’s veteran players got the day off from Monday’s practice, which featured only nine skaters along with both goaltenders.

Even though the skate was lightly-attended, there were a few notable names present in Matt Cullen, Joni Pitkanen and Brandon Sutter, who all participated fully in their regular jerseys – not the “gold” non-contact versions they had been wearing earlier. 

Coach Peter Laviolette said there was a “good chance” of Cullen being available for Wednesday’s game against Washington.  He listed Pitkanen and Sutter as “possible.”

In addition to the days off, Laviolette said that having some of the injured players back in the lineup could provide further rest for players who have seen increased ice time in their absence.

“There’s a lot of minutes being doled out to guys like Staal, and then you get these guys back soon hopefully and it relieves them of those minutes and gives them more time to stay fresh,” said Laviolette.

Even with the tough schedule and the injuries, Laviolette, as he usually does, still wasn’t making excuses for the Atlanta loss.

“If you’re asking me if it’s been a tough schedule, the answer is yes,” he said.  “Is that a reason to play poorly last night?  No.  We need the day off.  You can’t just keep whipping a horse, because eventually the horse is going to get tired.”

More on injuries:

  • Sutter sounded genuinely hopeful to play on Wednesday and said he’s been completely symptom free for “a while now.”  Great to hear since it could have been a lot worse.
     
  • Pitkanen was a little more cautious.  He said he felt good, but would check it again after practice tomorrow.
     
  • No sign of Patrick Eaves yet – he’s dealing with an undisclosed injury that sounds a lot, to me, like a concussion.  But it's officially undisclosed, so who knows.

    “He’s not even here.  He’s a ways away,” said Laviolette.  “He’s still got some problems relative to the hit.  He hasn’t made it in here to get tested to possibly get cleared.”
     
  • Update - forgot to mention Frank Kaberle, who skated on his own before and during the main session.  We'll see if he can practice tomorrow.

SCHEDULE

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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