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Tracking the Storm

Canes, Jackets Mirror Images in Standings

Saturday, 02.14.2009 / 11:24 AM / 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.
Paul Branecky
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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45