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Tracking the Storm

Canes, Williams Ready to Go

Thursday, 12.04.2008 / 11:34 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes, Williams Ready to Go

”One percent of the time a team comes out and they’re kind of deer-in-the-headlights.  The other 99 they’re on fire.  I’m going to go with the odds.”

Paul Branecky
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Ironically, Peter Laviolette said that just two and half weeks ago when the Canes were preparing for a Tampa Bay team playing their first game after firing Barry Melrose.  Although the Canes won that game in a shootout, Laviolette’s prediction was correct as the Lightning jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Canes came back to tie.

Now, the Hurricanes find themselves in the same situation.  Add in three days of rest, an opponent that lost in a shootout on the road last night and, last but not least, the return of Justin Williams, and there’s no reason the Canes shouldn’t find themselves in the larger of Laviolette’s two groups tonight.

Williams was already raring to go for his first game of the season, but tonight can even add some extra motivation.

“We definitely should have a lot of energy,” he said.  “We’ve had a lot of days off, we’ve had a coaching change and we’ve had a lot that’s gone on this week.  Our energy level will be high tonight.”

New coach Paul Maurice said he’d keep a close eye on Williams and play him based on how things progress.

“We’re going to monitor that and move him around a bit,” said Maurice.  “You’re not going to see him play 20 minutes tonight, but we expect him in the lineup.  He’s going to get some power play time, and we’ll gauge it on how he feels.”

With Williams in (he said he’ll start on Brandon Sutter’s line), Wade Brookbank is expected to be the odd man out of the lineup tonight.  Niclas Wallin should be in after missing some practice earlier this week with a lower body concern.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 43 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 48 10 19 -13 29
E. Lindholm 48 9 11 -12 20
R. Nash 48 7 13 -4 20
J. Tlusty 41 12 7 -12 19
J. Skinner 43 10 9 -8 19
N. Gerbe 44 5 13 -4 18
V. Rask 48 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 46 1 14 -6 15
J. McClement 48 1 9 -2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 11 17 4 .914 2.37
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .914 2.41