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Canes, Flames Get Jump from Deadline Deals

Friday, 03.06.2009 / 11:32 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 61 12 28 -16 40
E. Staal 56 18 19 -10 37
E. Lindholm 60 11 16 -16 27
J. Skinner 56 16 10 -16 26
R. Nash 58 7 15 -9 22
N. Gerbe 57 7 15 -11 22
V. Rask 59 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 61 6 12 3 18
J. Staal 25 4 12 -2 16
A. Nestrasil 33 4 10 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 19 4 .913 2.37
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .906 2.60