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Samsonov, Walker Game-Time for Saturday

Friday, 02.27.2009 / 12:58 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Samsonov, Walker Game-Time for Saturday
As the Canes get set to finish their intense run of 10 games in 17 days tomorrow night at Atlanta, they won’t know until game time about the status of Sergei Samsonov and Scott Walker.

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Walker is very close to returning from a month-long bout with a concussion and has been skating vigorously, often on his own, as the team takes breaks from full practices due to the crowded schedule. Samsonov’s injury is more recent, as an upper body injury caused him to be a late scratch for yesterday’s game against Buffalo. Both will make the trip to Atlanta, but Coach Paul Maurice said he wouldn’t know about their status until tomorrow evening.

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.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60