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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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 52 14 19 -15 33
K. Versteeg 51 10 21 2 31
V. Rask 50 12 18 0 30
E. Staal 52 9 21 1 30
J. Skinner 52 18 11 -4 29
J. Staal 52 11 16 4 27
E. Lindholm 52 8 16 -7 24
A. Nestrasil 45 5 12 -4 17
R. Hainsey 52 3 11 -14 14
J. Liles 52 5 7 -4 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 14 11 5 .905 2.41
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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