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The Sickness Spreads: Two Miss Practice

Monday, 12.29.2008 / 1:05 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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The Sickness Spreads: Two Miss Practice
Paul Maurice post-practice audio

Don't look now, but the dreaded flu, which seemed to affect nearly every member of the roster around this time last year through two separate outbreaks, has claimed a few more victims.

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After Dennis Seidenberg was forced to miss Friday’s win at Atlanta with an illness, Joni Pitkanen was absent from practice this morning, while Wade Brookbank tried to go but had to leave the ice early.

“Knock on wood it doesn’t happen again, but everyone’s gone through that at one point,” said coach Paul Maurice. “We’ll quarantine everybody and everyone has to go home and lock themselves in and wash their hands.”

The good news is that the Canes don’t play until Wednesday and, although highly unpleasant, the bug seems to go away quickly. Seidenberg was able to play over 22 minutes on Saturday, just one day after admittedly feeling miserable. He practiced normally today and feels fine, but needs to regain roughly eight pounds that he lost during the worst of it.

By early accounts, Pitkanen and Brookbank don’t have it as bad as Seidenberg did, so hopefully this won’t reach the borderline ridiculous proportions that it did last season.

In addition to the two sick players, Tim Gleason and Ray Whitney had a “maintenance” day today and didn’t practice, while Niclas Wallin skated in the gold non-contact jersey. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but he didn’t appear to be game-ready today.



 

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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