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What a Day

Thursday, 12.4.2008 / 10:05 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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What a Day

Now that the madness has subsided a little bit, I wanted to take a minute and reflect a day that was surreal on many levels. 

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The Laviolette dismissal didn’t come as a huge surprise, although the timing of it did.  I was expecting it a bit more the morning after the Ducks loss on Monday.  When it was quiet then, I figured nothing would happen until after the three-game homestand, if at all.

Laviolette leaving would have been enough in itself.  But not only was Paul Maurice his replacement, he was already in the building and ran practice literally one hour after the press conference.  Covering a Paul Maurice-run practice was probably the last thing I expected to be doing when I arrived at the rink yesterday morning.

Oh, and for good measure, Ron Francis is now on the coaching staff.  Wild, wild day.

We can discuss the reasons for the changes all day, but for me, the following sums it up in a way that’s fairly short and sweet:

Canes’ record in November 2007: 7-6-0 total, 5-4-0 at home

Jim Rutherford in April’s season-ending press conference:

”For whatever reason we then went through a period of time in November and December of undisciplined, lackluster, inconsistent ... poor work ethic, and that’s what really cost us the playoffs,”

Canes’ record in November 2008: 7-9-0 total, 5-6-0 at home.

A few weeks ago, Rutherford said he was shying away from major changes since the team won three straight after first three-game losing streak of the month.  A 1-4 record since then probably sealed the deal.  The sluggish play in November of last season extended all the way until late January, which is something the Canes can’t afford to do again.

It’s always a huge shame to part ways with a coach, especially a very good one who won a Stanley Cup in the not-so-distant past, but here’s hoping Maurice provides the shake-up the team clearly needs.

Best of luck to Laviolette, who I’m sure won’t be out of work for long.

Pregame skates are back in the Maurice regime, and I’ll have updates afterwards.  Justin Williams is participating.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60