Tracking the Storm

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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
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
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
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

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