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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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