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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81