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Somber Canes Hit the Road

Thursday, 11.13.2008 / 1:25 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Somber Canes Hit the Road

To answer a question posed earlier, tempo at today’s practice was high.

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It wasn’t a puckless marathon session or anything like that, but there was plenty of skating, frustrations were evident at times, push ups were done, etc.

That all made for an exceptionally quiet locker room afterwards as the team searches for answers to the flat performances spanning the last two games, both home losses to division opponents.

The main frustration seems to be that the team didn’t rebound from the 5-2 loss to Atlanta the way they had hoped.

“The work ethic in the Atlanta game was not good,” said coach Peter Laviolette.  “The second half of [last night’s] game was not better.”

After the Canes got off to a good start to the year and came back from their season-long road trip with an impressive 5-2-2 record, they’ve gone 3-4 since.  That’s created a sense of urgency that perhaps hasn’t been evident in the first half of November.

”Anytime you lose a couple of games, the next game becomes important,” said Laviolette.  “You certainly see ground that you had gained slipping away, so all of the sudden the stakes go up a little bit.”

Perhaps getting back on the road will do the Hurricanes some good.  They’re 5-2-2 in opposing buildings so far and won all four of their games in Atlanta last season.

However, the Thrashers, winners of their last four, might not make it easy.

“We’ll need to execute a lot better than we did,” said Laviolette.

Ray Whitney didn't take part in today's practice, which Laviolette said was mostly for precautionary reasons.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
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