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Guy Behind the Guy: The Eyes of Canada

Tuesday, 11.18.2008 / 11:52 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Guy Behind the Guy: The Eyes of Canada

While tonight’s game against the sport’s most storied franchise will not be broadcast locally because it is a Versus exclusive national broadcast night in the United States, the game is available coast-to-coast across Canada in English on TSN and TSN HD and in French on RDS and RDS HD.

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I haven’t had many chances to blog lately, so here are a few random observations and notes as we prepare for the Habs:

  • I have seen a lot of mentions of the Hurricanes’ power-play and special teams in general as major problems for the team during the past few weeks. Actually, the power-play is clicking at a very respectable 21.6 percent over the last eight games. And the penalty kill has eliminated 85.3 percent of opponents’ chances during the same period of time.
  • I think it is getting harder and harder to imagine Rod Brind’Amour not ending up in the Hockey Hall of Fame. With his goal on Sunday, the Hurricanes captain passed Joe Nieuwendyk and Mike Bossy to move into 50th place on the league’s all-time scoring list. Add in winning a couple Selke Trophies and captaining a team to the Stanley Cup, and I really think Rod is moving closer and closer to sure-fire Hall of Famer status.
  • Cam Ward will start in net tonight looking to continue his success against the Canadiens. Ward exploded onto the scene during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs by winning four consecutive games after replacing a sick Martin Gerber. Including that series, he is 10-2-2 against Montreal in his career.
  • Justin Williams skated again today, and faced his share of media afterwards as the Montreal press corps was waiting for him in the locker room when he came off. It’s pretty hard to fathom what Justin has gone through physically and mentally over the past 12 months. But at the end of the day, there is no doubt that he is one tough cookie. He may still be some time away from hitting the ice in a game, but there is no denying the amount of heart he has shown in busting his tail to rehabilitate his body after serious injuries – twice.
  • A few of the fathers are starting to trickle back into town, as the Hurricanes annual Father’s Weekend is upon us. The dads will enjoy Sunday’s home game against Nashville before departing with the team for South Florida, where the Hurricanes will take on the Panthers in Monday night. One dad has been around all month. Floyd Whitney has actually been in press box for every Hurricanes game in November, as he serves as a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Media Alert: Cam Ward joined WRAL’s Jason Jennings for a fun piece called “Ask Anything: 10 Questions” last week.

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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