Samsonov, Walker Game-Time for Saturday
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When those players do come back, Maurice will have some difficult choices to make. Niclas Wallin would likely be the first player out of the lineup, as was the intention yesterday before it became evident that Samsonov couldn’t play. Wallin only logged 4:49 as the seventh defenseman against Buffalo.
After that, it gets very tricky. Tim Conboy has provided the team with a physical and emotional boost, while Michael Ryan, easily one of the fastest players on the ice, was rewarded for his recent effectiveness by a bump up to Eric Staal’s left wing against the Sabres, where he earned an assist on the Canes’ only goal.
“With young players it’s not as measurable because they’ve only been here for a short time, but they have added something when they’ve gone in,” said Maurice of Conboy and Ryan. “Young players can give you a burst, but eventually you need your top players back in the lineup. That being said, they will make it difficult.”