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No Word on Lineup Changes

Tuesday, 04.21.2009 / 11:41 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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No Word on Lineup Changes

Those hoping for clarification on a potential lineup change after today’s morning skate were let predictably disappointed by the league-wide tendency to keep things under wraps come playoff time.

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“We’ll look at moving some people around,” Hurricanes Coach Paul Maurice said with a wide grin and no further elaboration.

If there is a change to be made on the defensive end, Dennis Seidenberg would re-enter the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch for Games 1 and 2. The German blueliner doesn’t move the puck as efficiently as a Joni Pitkanen or isn’t as steady defensively as a Tim Gleason, but he is arguably the most well-rounded of all Carolina defensemen in that he can do a solid job in both areas. That’s not to mention his 160 blocked shots during the regular season, which led the team and ranked 17th in the NHL through only 70 games played.

If Maurice is looking for someone who can help shut down the Devils’ top line, move the puck out of his own zone and possibly give a different look to the power play, Seidenberg can contribute in all those areas.

Any speculation as to who would exit the lineup in his stead would be just that – speculation. In what can sometimes be a telling sign, Frantisek Kaberle was the last defenseman to leave the ice today, although not by a wide margin. Kaberle was a healthy scratch for Game 1.

Matt Cullen sat out the morning skate, as he has done earlier in the series. As stated above, Maurice didn’t confirm or deny any lineup changes, but I would still expect him to play tonight.

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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