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Bad Habits Resurface Over Last Week

Wednesday, 01.14.2009 / 2:52 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Bad Habits Resurface Over Last Week
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In the Hurricanes’ last few games, their struggles can be traced back to problems that plagued them earlier in the season, namely odd-man rushes against and costly defensive breakdowns.
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Following the win over New Jersey in their most recent home game, it seemed like those problems were in the rearview mirror for good until they burst back onto the scene over the last week, especially in back-to-back 5-1 losses in Boston and Ottawa.

Since coach Paul Maurice arrived in early December, eliminating those breakdowns, which he believes are caused by cheating offensively and pressing too hard to score goals, was among his top priorities

With goals again hard to come by, those tendencies seems to have returned.

“We won those games, all tight games, and then you get that sense that we should start winning by two and three now because we’re rolling, we’re confident and we think we have to generate a little more and create a little bit more,” said coach Paul Maurice. “In attempting that feat, we’ve sorely missed the boat defensively. That’s where we were good.”

“Since Mo came in we focused on that and started winning games,” said Eric Staal. “Then we had a game not go our way and old habits came back.”

In addition to getting back to the principles that had brought them success, Maurice hopes some new line combinations will spark his team.  Ray Whitney moves up with Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, while Sergei Samsonov, who had been playing on the left side of that line, was with Rod Brind’Amour and Justin Williams.

Maurice cautioned that those combinations aren’t set in stone due to health reasons (Whitney, along with Niclas Wallin and Cam Ward, didn't take the ice Wednesday), but added that he does expect to have a full lineup against the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

“We’ll move guys around, but we’ve got to get that bite back in our game that we had last week that left somewhere between Jersey and Florida,” he said.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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