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No Lineup Changes as Canes Head Home

Friday, 02.20.2009 / 11:47 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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No Lineup Changes as Canes Head Home
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Coach Paul Maurice said there would be no changes to the team’s lineup from last night’s 6-2 win against the New York Islanders, meaning Cam Ward is in goal, Joni Pitkanen is still out and Brandon Sutter is a healthy scratch tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. – Depth Chart

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While there wasn’t a pregame skate today, a few players took the ice, including Scott Walker. Maurice said he had a good day, but would need three or four such days before he could return to practice.

As for tonight, the challenge for the Hurricanes will be to replicate that game at home, where they’ve lost three straight by a combined score of 15-2. It’s easy to lump all three of those games together given their equally lopsided results, but as Maurice pointed out, the most recent game against Boston on Tuesday was a little bit different.

“I’ve said this maybe too many times, but that Boston game was a lot better game than the final score said,” said Maurice. “It was 2-1 with four minutes left in the game and we’re on the power play. That should be a comfortable place for us. There was a lot better effort in that game than the final score said there was.”

Sutter was a healthy scratch for the first time in his young career last night as Tim Conboy took his place in the lineup. Sutter hadn’t played over 10 minutes in a game since January 27 against the New York Rangers, and played a season-low 2:36 against Buffalo last week.

“In your first pro season practicing every day with men and playing against men, I think there’s a lot there,” said Maurice. We’re looking at this potentially as something almost like what we did with Roddy, even though his was based on injury. We’re giving him a few days out of games to mentally relax and feel good again to put him in a better position to play.”

Both the Hurricanes and Lightning played last night, although the Hurricanes were able to take it relatively easy in the third period against the Islanders, while Tampa Bay went all the way to a shootout, losing to the New Jersey Devils. Not that the Canes ever seem tired on the latter end of back-to-back games, where they’re 8-2-0 this season. Ward is 4-1-0 in those games with 1.60 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81