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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72