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Canes, Flames Get Jump from Deadline Deals

Friday, 03.6.2009 / 11:32 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes, Flames Get Jump from Deadline Deals
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While Carolina’s Erik Cole will be looking to validate his new/old team’s move to grab him at the trade deadline, his opponents tonight have already gotten off to a good start following a few moves of their own.

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The Calgary Flames, who are generally regarded as the team that did the most to increase their chances of winning a Stanley Cup with the acquisitions of Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold on Wednesday, will be at the RBC Center tonight to face the Canes.

Last night, the Flames played their first game since the deadline – a 5-1 win at Philadelphia that featured two goals by Jokinen and one by Leopold. If not for a great save by Flyers goaltender Martin Biron, Jokinen would have had a hat trick on his debut, which was spent on a scary-good line with Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri. That unit finished the night with a combined seven points and a clean sweep of the game’s three stars.

“Got it all out in the first game, we hope,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. “I think that you saw some things that maybe we’re looking to have happen on our team. When really high-end player get together, they’re really excited about that.”

Although Jokinen was scoreless in two games against Carolina this season as a Phoenix Coyote, he had 52 points in 50 career games against the Hurricanes prior to that. With that being the case, it may seem like bad timing for the trade, but the Flames may be saying the same thing about Cole, who had three goals and an assist in four match-ups against Calgary earlier this season.

“It’s a bit of a familiar foe for me, and it’s kind of strange how that works out,” said Cole. “They’re a tough team, and it’s going to be a tough game in here tonight.”

The Canes’ new acquisition will also be on a new-look top line, skating with old friend Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu

“Hopefully Erik gets back with his old centerman and we can get the player that was so good for us here and he can help us out tonight,” said Maurice. “The Jokinen factor last night where a new guy comes in the lineup and off the go – we’re hoping for the same.”

“It will be exciting to be play with him again for sure,” said Cole of being reunited with Staal. “He’s a tremendous player and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to play with him again.”

Maurice said that Ryan Bayda and Michael Ryan would be healthy scratches for tonight’s game. Contrary to what Maurice said at yesterday’s practice, Ryan was never actually placed on waivers.

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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