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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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STANDINGS

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