Tracking the Storm

Injured Trio Back on the Ice

Monday, 12.8.2008 / 12:14 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Injured Trio Back on the Ice
Tim Gleason, Dennis Seidenberg and Cam Ward all returned to the ice today for the first time since suffering various lower-body injuries over the last few weeks.
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Other than goaltender Justin Peters, they were actually the only players on the ice at the RecZone. The rest of the team got the day off after yesterday’s huge win over Washington, the team’s third game in four days.

Although every practice day is precious for Paul Maurice as he tweaks the Canes’ system, he said he’s pleased enough with the way the team is adjusting so far to let the majority of the players stay at home.

”I do think that they’re trying to grab it,” said Maurice. “If we weren’t exactly where we were supposed to be, we were trying to get there. There was an awareness of where we should be.”

Maurice used Eric Staal as an example of a player who seemed to be buying in to his message of patience even though the goals hadn’t been coming before last night.

“The things he did without the puck were hard-work things, and he didn’t cheat to find that goal,” Maurice said. “He wasn’t hanging high all night thinking, ‘I’ve got to get a goal to make myself feel good.’ He played the game to win, and it turned out he scored the game-winner.”

Although admittedly a little sore afterwards, Ward said he felt good for the most part after today’s skate and sounded hopeful for the Canes’ next game on Thursday in Philadelphia. Unless there’s a setback between now and then, it appears Seidenberg is on track to return for the game as well.

Gleason will be out a little longer but is still on the radar - he's aiming for Saturday's game against the New York Rangers.

“Tomorrow will be a big day for everybody,” said Maurice. “Some guys are going to try and get through practice tomorrow. With Seidenberg, he’ll practice and we’re not going to keep our eye on him or monitor him. We’re going to allow him to participate in every drill, and with the rest of the guys we’ll have to scale them back a little bit.”

Although Gleason and Seidenberg are progressing, Maurice said fellow blueliner Anton Babchuk would be out for a minimum of two weeks after appearing to injure his right arm or elbow in last night’s game.

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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