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Canes Looking to Keep it Simple vs. Ducks

Sunday, 11.30.2008 / 11:51 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Looking to Keep it Simple vs. Ducks

While Sergei Samsonov’s winner in Philadelphia was of the highlight-reel variety, the Canes’ other two goals were something other than that.  No disrespect to Patrick Dwyer and Tuomo Ruutu, but the term “ugly” could suffice.

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The way the Canes see it, a goal is a goal, and they’ll be happy to keep getting them that way in the future, including in tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

“You go to the net and usually that’s when good things happen,” said Ryan Bayda.  “It’s a simple game and it’s an easy game for us to play.  It’s almost brain-dead hockey.  Get it to the net, go in there and bang and see what you can come up with.”

“That’s the way it works for everybody in the league right now,” said coach Peter Laviolette.  “There’s some pretty ones that are scored, but there’s more ugly ones that are scored.  The way defenses play defense now, there’s a lot of people in front of the net.  Any puck at the net is a good puck because it creates a little bit of chaos.”

With that mentality, look for the Hurricanes to throw whatever they can at Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller.  Starting goaltender Jean Sebastien Giguere will be available, having recently rejoined the team after taking time off for family matters, but Hiller is expected to play after shutting out Chicago 1-0 on Friday to improve his record to 5-1-1.

Former Hurricane Bret Hedican makes his return to the RBC Center for the first time since joining the Ducks nine games into their season.  He recently appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on November 22.

“He’d been in the organization for quite a while and played a lot of games with a couple of cup runs,” said Laviolette of Hedican, who played 417 total games with Carolina over six seasons.  “We certainly appreciated what he did here.  He was a steady, two-way defenseman, he was a professional, he played hard all the time and was able to handle a lot of minutes against a lot of tough players.  He was a real good player for us.”

There’s no question that this is a different Ducks team than the one the Hurricanes saw on October 19.  The Ducks were just 1-4-0 back then, but have gone 12-3-3 since.  Leading scorers Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry had combined for only two assists through the first meeting, but have 53 total points in the 18 games since to propel themselves to the top 10 in league scoring.

With Dennis Seidenberg and Tim Gleason expected to be out tonight, it will be interesting to see how Laviolette spreads the minutes around his blueline.  Seidenberg leads the team with an average of 24 minutes per game, while Gleason is third with 22:47.  Anton Babchuk and Josef Melichar are both in, while Frank Kaberle logged just over 19 minutes in his return to action on Friday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45