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Banged-up Blueline Uncertain for Tomorrow

Tuesday, 11.25.2008 / 12:07 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Banged-up Blueline Uncertain for Tomorrow
Things sure do change in a hurry on the injury front.  The Canes have ended up needing all eight defensemen on their NHL roster this season, and depending on how a few players feel tomorrow, they may need even more than that.

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Coach Peter Laviolette listed all three of Tim Gleason, Frank Kaberle and Joni Pitkanen as day-to-day for tomorrow's game against Philadelphia at the RBC Center.  Of those three, only Kaberle practiced on Tuesday, taking a regular shift with Dennis Seidenberg in his most involved skate since his October 17 leg injury.

As things stand right now, any combination of those players, including none or all three, could be available tomorrow, although Laviolette said Gleason was more doubtful than the other two.  If none of them can go, that would leave the team with only five defensemen.

"I'm not sure," said Laviolette.  "I'm not hiding anything, I'm just not sure."

Pitkanen actually returned to the ice after taking a high hit to the head in last night's game, but stayed off the ice today.

"He got his bell rung," said Laviolette.  "He went to the doctors, and they said to just do an off-ice workout today and see how he felt tomorrow."

Justin Williams shed the gold non-contact jersey for full practice and stayed on the ice for a lengthy post-skate with Tom Rowe.  Forward lines were the same as they have been, with Williams kind of floating in and out.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72