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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
A. Nestrasil 48 7 13 5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60