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Work was There, Confidence Needed

Friday, 12.05.2008 / 3:26 PM / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61