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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81