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Walker a Go for Tonight

Tuesday, 03.3.2009 / 1:36 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Walker a Go for Tonight
As was expected after yesterday's practice, Scott Walker will indeed be back in the lineup tonight for the Hurricanes as they face the division-leading Capitals in Washington.

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It will be Walker's first game since January 27, when it became clear that the concussion he suffered a week earlier was more serious than originally thought.  Walker underwent his first full practice with the team on Monday since exiting the lineup, feeling no ill-effects.

With Brandon Sutter still on his conditioning assignment in Albany and Jussi Jokinen back in Finland due to the unfortunate death of his father, Dwight Helminen will also be in tonight's lineup to fill the team's void at center.  If the lines at yesterday's practice are any indication, Helminen will likely start on a line with Tim Conboy and Walker, as Coach Paul Maurice will want to closely monitor Walker's minutes in his first game back.

To make room for Helminen and Walker, forward Ryan Bayda, who is one of only four players to appear in every game for the Canes this season, will be a healthy scratch.

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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