Tracking the Storm

Jokinen to Play; Walker Stays Home

Tuesday, 03.10.2009 / 1:30 PM ET / 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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72