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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 53 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 51 12 19 1 31
K. Versteeg 52 10 21 1 31
J. Skinner 53 18 12 -3 30
J. Staal 53 12 18 7 30
E. Staal 53 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 53 8 16 -8 24
A. Nestrasil 46 7 12 -1 19
J. Nordstrom 42 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 53 3 11 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 5 .905 2.43
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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