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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81