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Pitkanen "Possible" for Friday

Thursday, 10.8.2009 / 12:27 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Pitkanen \"Possible\" for Friday
After leaving around halfway through Tuesday’s win over Tampa Bay, Joni Pitkanen did not return to practice on Thursday with the Canes, even after an off day on Wednesday.

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Coach Paul Maurice had said after that game that Pitkanen left because his surgically repaired knee become “cold” while sitting on the bench as the Canes killed off a slew of Lightning power plays.

”We wanted to keep him off the ice for a few days just to let everything settle down,” said Coach Paul Maurice after Thursday's practice. “We’ll wait to see how he feels when he comes in tomorrow.”

While Pitkanen is a possibility to play both tomorrow at home against Florida and at Tampa Bay the following night, that isn’t a sure thing at this point. Maurice said he would again consider dressing seven defenseman as a precautionary measure, with Jay Harrison the extra man.  Harrison was paired with Andrew Alberts at Thursday's practice, while Aaron Ward skated with Niclas Wallin.

“If he got through (Friday) and felt good and felt strong, that would control our other five defensemen’s minutes and I wouldn’t be as worried the next night,” said Maurice of Pitkanen. “If he comes out and you have to run the other five harder, then you may have to look at seven the next night.”

Pitkanen made a big impact in just 9:37 of ice time in his only game of the season, setting up a breakaway Jussi Jokinen for the Canes' only goal of the 2-1 shootout victory.  The team has just three goals in three games, a pace that ties them for the lowest output in the league.

"I don't think we've been as agressive as we need to be on offense, not in terms of taking chances but with what we're doing with the puck" said Maurice.  "We just seem to get it and then slow down, and our game is to get it and speed up, create confusion and create some open lanes.  We haven't done that yet."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
A. Nestrasil 48 7 13 5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60