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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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