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Work was There, Confidence Needed

Friday, 12.5.2008 / 3:26 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Work was There, Confidence Needed

The Canes didn’t get thoroughly outworked in Paul Maurice’s first game back in charge last night. Instead, it was the glaring mistakes – killer turnovers, bad rebounds and missed scoring chances – that hurt them in the end.

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Those mistakes come from lack of confidence, something which hasn’t yet taken a step forward with a new coach.  Unfortunately for Maurice, Ron Francis and the rest of the coaching staff, confidence isn’t necessarily something you can fix with one practice.

“Success is the only way to build true confidence,” said Maurice.  “Other than that, it’s to put yourself in position for the success.”

In order to do that, Maurice plans to work on how the team plays when the puck isn’t in possession of either team, which he described as the “gray area.”  According to the coach, the anxiety that comes from not scoring enough has caused the team to overplay such situations, which is causing breakdowns and odd-man rushes for the other team.

“That gray area decides whether you’re feeling pressure or not,” he said.  “You’re either cheating forward or you’re confident.  We’ve got to get ourselves to be a confident group when we don’t have the puck.  Usually when that happens, you score more than you need.”

“We’re going to make sure we stay aggressive, but at the same time kind of hold and lock that middle of the ice to make sure we don’t give up big chances,” said Eric Staal.  “We’ve just got to show a little more patience in the neutral zone.”

The Canes lineup will have a bit of a different look against the Flyers tomorrow, as Casey Borer and Tim Conboy are back in Raleigh after playing well in stints last year.  Patrick Dwyer and Josef Melichar have been reassigned.

Including Borer, there’s a chance the Canes could only have five healthy defensemen tomorrow, as Tim Gleason, Dennis Seidenberg and Frank Kaberle all missed practice today.  Kaberle left last night’s game with a lower body injury.

Wade Brookbank practiced on defense today, and Tim Conboy plays defense for Albany, even though he played on the wing for the Canes last year.  If Kaberle can’t go tomorrow, one of them could slide back to the blue line.

Also, Scott Walker returned to practice today and skated with Brandon Sutter and Justin Williams.  I wouldn’t rule him out for tomorrow.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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