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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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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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74