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Cole out 4-6 Weeks with Leg Fracture

Sunday, 10.04.2009 / 6:50 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
Tests today revealed that Erik Cole suffered a fracture in his lower left leg from last night’s collision with Boston’s Dennis Wideman and will miss 4-6 weeks of game action.

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Not exactly what the Canes wanted to hear after an 0-2 start to the season, and certainly some added injury to the insult of the lopsided loss in Boston. A little more adversity than the team had hoped for by the third game of the season, but they’ve had to overcome similar circumstances in the past. Cole had missed Sunday’s practice with the injury, with Tuomo Ruutu moving to Eric Staal’s wing.

Coach Paul Maurice said after practice that he would have no problem inserting Tim Conboy, who is on the roster as the 13th forward, into the lineup in case Cole couldn’t go. Conboy can help provide a physical spark that the Canes lacked in their first two games, and was active in that department in practice.

If the Canes decide not to go that route, there are a number of talented forwards in Albany to choose from. Given that the Cole injury leaves the Canes short a winger, Zach Boychuk or Drayson Bowman would be the most likely candidates, with a more veteran player like Patrick Dwyer also a possibility.  Bowman scored on his professional debut on Saturday night, a 6-3 loss for Albany.


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2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
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A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
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