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Seidenberg Back Tomorrow, Babchuk on IR

Wednesday, 12.10.2008 / 12:38 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Seidenberg Back Tomorrow, Babchuk on IR
 Paul Maurice after practice - 12/10/08

The defense is still banged up, but the good news is that the Canes will be able to dress six players on the blueline against Philadelphia tomorrow.
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Coach Paul Maurice said he expects Dennis Seidenberg, who led the team in average ice time per game at the time of his November 28 injury, to return to the lineup tomorrow. If the last two practices are any indication, he’ll be paired with rookie Brett Carson (click for full lines).

“He’s moving better, and now my expectation is that he will be in the lineup tomorrow night unless something changes overnight here,” said Maurice.

Seidenberg will be activated from injured reserve later today, with Anton Babchuk taking his place with an elbow injury.

Goaltender Cam Ward is more of a question mark, but Michael Leighton’s strong play in Sunday’s win over Washington gives Maurice the luxury of not having to rush his number one netminder back into the lineup in one way or another.

“If he is on that bench, as a starter or as a backup, I have to feel completely comfortable that I can put him in at any time in the game,” said Maurice. “He’s not going to be on the bench just sitting there to hang out with the fellas and we’re not going to have a fallback plan if something happens to our guy. If he’s on the bench, we consider him healed.

Rounding out the injured defensemen, Tim Gleason skated again in the non-contact jersey (blue this time!), but won’t return until Saturday at the earliest. Niclas Wallin made an appearance at practice, but didn’t feel well enough to stay on for the full session.  Frank Kaberle is still out and "hobbling around," as Maurice put it.

Tuomo Ruutu has been cautious with a sore knee he picked up after going into the boards awkwardly in Sunday's game, but will definitely be in the lineup tomorrow.


 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45