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Canes, Jackets Mirror Images in Standings

Saturday, 02.14.2009 / 11:24 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes, Jackets Mirror Images in Standings
It’s usually an advantage to have a day of rest while your opponent plays in a different city the night before, but the Blue Jackets should carry some momentum into tonight’s game at the RBC Center.
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Columbus scored a big 3-2 win over Detroit on Friday night, ending the Red Wings’ six-game winning streak. The hero of that game, as has been the case for the Jackets all season, was rookie goaltender Steve Mason. He made 32 saves in his first game back from a bout with mononucleosis that kept him out of the lineup for 10 days but affected him well prior to that.

With the Blue Jackets in the same situation the Hurricanes are (literally – they have identical records and are both the ninth seed in their respective conferences), they probably can’t afford to sit the 20-year-old rookie of the year favorite tonight. It will be a test to see if his energy level holds up coming off of the illness.

“I think you’re going to see two teams adhere to their game plans very closely, and it’s probably going to be goaltending at the end of the day,” said Paul Maurice.

Dennis Seidenberg is in tonight for the Canes, who have reassigned Bryan Rodney to Albany. The team has also placed Frank Kaberle, who will be a healthy extra again tonight, on waivers for the second time this season

The Hurricanes can take some comfort in the fact that they’ve been able to bounce back from disappointing losses this season, most recently after last week’s heartbreaker in Vancouver.

“We can’t afford to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves,” said Matt Cullen. “We’re on the outside looking in right now and we know we have some ground to make up. We’re not going to win every game, so we understand that we have to bounce back from our losses and not let them compound.”

According to Maurice, the team has been responding well in practices since Thursday’s defeat.

“Both teams are going to play very hard, and we got what we like to think as our west coast trip out of us the other night,” he said. “We moved better yesterday and we moved better in the morning skate today, so we have some optimism about how we’re going to play.”

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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 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 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 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
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
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