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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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STANDINGS

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