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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62