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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 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