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Records on the Line vs. Islanders

Tuesday, 04.07.2009 / 11:26 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Records on the Line vs. Islanders
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As the Hurricanes play their first game since wrapping up a playoff spot against the New York Islanders tonight, a few franchise records are on the line.

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A win would be the team’s ninth in a row, tying the record set twice in 2005-06. It would also be Cam Ward’s 39th, which would break Martin Gerber’s mark set that same season.

With the postseason just around the corner, any such comparisons to that Stanley Cup champion team should be welcomed.

Tonight’s game presents an interesting challenge for the Canes, who universally agree that they don’t want to take their foot off the gas whatsoever, even after securing their place among the Eastern Conference’s top eight. However, Coach Paul Maurice said that a small lapse or two against a young, hard working team tonight wouldn’t come as a complete shock.

“I think we’re going to have to deal with it as the game goes on,” he said. “It would be foolish to think that based on the two months that we’ve just gone through that there isn’t going to be a little exhale. We’ve talked about it before and we talked about it yesterday, but we’ll do everything we can to deal with it.”

The Canes have a few lineup changes tonight, as defenseman Frantisek Kaberle will appear in his first game since March 12 at the expense of Joe Corvo. Corvo did participate in the morning skate today, but “is not 100 percent,” according to Maurice. Patrick Eaves, who missed the team’s last game with an upper body injury, is back in for Ryan Bayda. Although he missed practice yesterday, Tuomo Ruutu will play.

When the Islanders last came to town on March 20, they were playing some of their best hockey of the season despite their place as the NHL’s last-placed team. They’ve posted a record of 2-4-1 since then, indicating that run may be over. 

However, they gave the Canes all they could handle a few weeks ago, outplaying them in the second period in a way they haven’t been outplayed in a few months, so that capability remains. The Islanders are a very fast team, and one doesn’t necessarily have to be a superstar to score on uncontested breakaways.

Key defenseman Mark Streit has been nursing a groin injury but is expected to play tonight. Leading goal scorer Kyle Okposo, also with a groin injury, is not.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 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