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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81