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Staal, Pitkanen Miss Tuesday Practice

Tuesday, 10.13.2009 / 12:28 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Staal, Pitkanen Miss Tuesday Practice
A couple of big names were absent for Tuesday’s practice, as Joni Pitkanen and Eric Staal did not take the ice with the rest of the team.

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Pitkanen, who continues to deal with soreness in his surgically repaired knee, wasn’t much of a surprise, although his absence today has ruled him out of tomorrow’s game against the Penguins.

”He’s still in some pain,” said Coach Paul Maurice. “We’re going to have to wait until he feels better. He’s skating on his own, but he hasn’t come in yet and felt a marked improvement. We’ll wait until that happens.”

Staal was a bit more eyebrow-raising, although he did leave the ice early at Monday’s skate.

“We just want to make sure feels 100 percent,” said Maurice. “He plays so much for us. He was a little tight in practice yesterday, so we figure another day and he’ll be ready to go. We expect him to play tomorrow.”

Whatever Staal is dealing with now, it was always a safe bet that he would be able to go tomorrow. He’s played through worse, with one only needing to look as far as last week’s game in Boston for evidence of that.

Besides those two, there were no other unexpected absences from practice. Jussi Jokinen was back today after sitting out the previous session with a minor illness.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62