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A Step in the Right Direction

Monday, 11.17.2008 / 12:10 PM ET / 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

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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 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
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