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Somber Canes Hit the Road

Thursday, 11.13.2008 / 1:25 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky

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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STANDINGS

[SSS_STANDINGS.METROPOLITAN_DIVISION_LABEL]
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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