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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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