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A Step in the Right Direction

Monday, 11.17.2008 / 12:10 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Instead of looking at yesterday’s shootout win over Tampa Bay as the end of a tough period for the team, Peter Laviolette and his team seem to be looking at is as a positive step in a longer process.

As important as it was to get a victory and end their three-game losing streak, the Canes still aren’t completely satisfied with their play and will look for even more tomorrow night against Montreal and through the rest of their upcoming home-heavy schedule.

”I thought the Atlanta game was a step in the right direction, I said at the time I think we’re capable of playing better,” said Laviolette.  “I thought last night we built on that and we added another level to the Atlanta game, but I still don’t think we’re at what we need to be.”
 
Specifically, Laviolette will be looking for more offensive output.  The Canes only generated one shot on goal in the third period against Tampa, while big-name forwards other than Rod Brind’Amour and Tuomo Ruutu have had trouble finding the score sheet in recent games.

As a team, the tricky part now for the Canes will be to hold on to the momentum from last game – with a two-goal comeback and the breaking of the shootout jinx, there should be plenty – and not fall back into the rut they were in last week.

“Obviously you want to keep building,” said Laviolette.  “I don’t know if you want to put do-or-die on the next game, it seems a little bit much, but certainly we want to build.”

In addition to taking the ice for a pre-practice workout like he did last week, Justin Williams stuck around for the first 15 minutes or so of regular practice, albeit in a gold non-contact jersey.  I don’t know how he felt, but he didn’t look out of place.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61