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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.

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  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 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
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 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 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 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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