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Power Play Focus of Unorthodox Practice

Tuesday, 12.2.2008 / 7:24 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Power Play Focus of Unorthodox Practice

It isn’t often the Canes get three days off between games.  In addition to rest, they’re using this one to focus more on the area that needs the most work – the power play.

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In an unconventional format, two groups took the ice separately for extensive work with the man advantage today.  That allowed the coaches, including unofficial power play consultant Ron Francis, to keep a watchful eye on the proceedings.

”You don’t want to do that too many times where you break the team up and do individual stuff, but the power play really needs it right now,” said coach Peter Laviolette.  “Just to get out there and work on it in individual groups and spend some time on it I think is helpful.”

Justin Williams was part of the first unit on the ice, along with Rod Brind’Amour and Ray Whitney up front and Matt Cullen and Frantisek Kaberle on the point.  Williams had most of his chances in front of the net, either from picking up rebounds or skating it in on Michael Leighton from the corners.

The fact that Williams was so involved in the proceedings is an encouraging sign that he’ll return in the coming days.

”He’s out there working on the power play and he’s been cleared to play, so I think it’s more of a comfort level with him getting in the lineup and ready to go,” said Laviolette.  “He’s available to us, so I think there’s a good chance you’ll see him.”

The second group consisted of recently-recalled goaltender Justin Peters, Eric Staal, Ray Whitney, Tuomo Ruutu, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen.

Tim Gleason was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day and did not skate.  Also absent were Dennis Seidenberg, Scott Walker and Niclas Wallin, although Laviolette said Wallin would “hopefully” be in the lineup for Thursday after being a late scratch from practice due to a lower body issue.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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