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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72