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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
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E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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