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Jokinen to Play; Walker Stays Home

Tuesday, 03.10.2009 / 1:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Jokinen to Play; Walker Stays Home
After a week away from the team to attend his father’s funeral in Finland, it was originally thought that Jussi Jokinen would need a few days of skating before he could return to game action.

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Turns out, that’s not the case.

“He skated every day last week, and he’ll play tomorrow,” said coach Paul Maurice. “I actually saw him skate today and he looked good.”

That will likely be the only lineup change from last night’s important 3-0 win over the New York Rangers. Scott Walker, who has not been feeling 100 percent since his initial return from a concussion, will not make the upcoming three-game trip, which also goes through Dallas and Washington.

Brandon Sutter, recalled yesterday from a two-week conditioning stint in Albany, will be with the team but isn’t expected to play against Chicago. Maurice said he had an idea of which player would exit the lineup to make room for Jokinen, but wouldn’t say who until he had a chance to inform the player personally.

The first two games of the trip come on back-to-back nights, with the Hurricanes facing Dallas on Thursday. While the team currently has some extra players on the roster, Maurice said he may need to use all of them to get through a stretch of five games in seven nights.

“We’re going to need our entire bench to play well,” he said.

Cam Ward has started 15 straight games for the team, and, although he's played well, could be due for a break soon. Maurice said that could happen on this trip.

“The games say he’s due for a night off,” said Maurice. “That may be in Washington, but then we have three days off afterwards where he could rest. We’ll see what his workload is like after the Chicago game and make a decision from there.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
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 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61