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Power Play Focus of Unorthodox Practice

Tuesday, 12.02.2008 / 7:24 PM / 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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61