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Canes, Williams Ready to Go

Thursday, 12.4.2008 / 11:34 AM ET / 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.”

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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.

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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