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Recent Games Prepare Canes for New Jersey

Tuesday, 01.6.2009 / 11:25 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Recent Games Prepare Canes for New Jersey
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The news that Patrick Eaves is back in tonight means that … I don’t even want to say it. 
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What you’ll find on this page probably deserves a 5,000 word feature story, but since hockey is such a superstitious sport for both players, fans and in some cases staff, I’ll just let you look for yourself and know that what you’re seeing is something that hasn’t happened in a long, long time.

Back to tonight’s game. The New Jersey Devils are usually the first team that comes to mind when thinking of the most defensive styles of play, and with good reason. However, having recently played games against defensive teams such as Boston, Minnesota and even St. Louis, the Canes should be well-prepared for tonight.

“I think it should be a benefit to us because we’ve played a number of these teams recently and we don’t have to try to re-sell an idea that we haven’t had to sell for a while,” said coach Paul Maurice.

What the Devils are specifically good at is blocking their opponents’ progress through the neutral zone, forcing turnovers and odd-man rushes going the other way. The Canes will need to be wary of that when breaking out of their own defensive zone, which is something they’ve been working on heavily in recent weeks.

As always, more details on tonight’s game available on the latest edition of our podcast.

We’ve covered this on the site already, but in case you missed it, our own Dave Droschak wrote a nice piece on the Sutter vs. Sutter match-up that will take place tonight between Brandon and his father Brent.

A reminder that you can get buy-one-get-one ticket vouchers for tonight’s game by donating an item of winter clothing up until game time at the box office. More details here.


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
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10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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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