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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
A. Nestrasil 48 7 13 5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60