Gameday: Canes vs. Buffalo
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The recent struggles have resulted in some ice time adjustments, as defenseman Craig Rivet, the team’s captain, played a season-low 8:58 in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Boston, well below his average of 19:07. Additionally, leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek was dropped to a checking line at Wednesday’s practice in an attempt to provide more scoring balance throughout the lineup and create match-up problems for the Hurricanes.
“It’s been a long time, probably since before Brandon (Sutter) came in, (that we played Eric) Staal against the other team’s best,” said Maurice. “We’ve kind of gotten away from that, and it’s been good because Sutter and Cullen’s lines have been pretty solid defensively.”
Maurice said there would likely be a bit of a feeling-out process early in the game as he works to identify which Sabres line looks most dangerous and which Hurricanes like looks most capable of slowing them down.
“That’s going to be our challenge,” he said. “We’ll find early in the game which line is going for us and try to work with that.”
Although Scott Walker practiced today in a normal red jersey rather than a non-contact version for the first time, Maurice reiterated his earlier stance that no injured players are likely to return prior to the Olympic break. Erik Cole continued to skate in a non-contact jersey, while Chad LaRose got some work in before the main group took the ice.
Manny Legace will start in goal for the second consecutive game, with Justin Peters set to start Saturday.
- NHL.com: Slumping Sabres visit improving Canes
- CarolinaHurricanes.com: Positives easy to find
- News and Observer: River Rats will move to Charlotte
- Canes Now: Peters excited about facing Devils, Brodeur
- Associated Press: Canes' minor league team to be in Charlotte
- Albany Times Union: Rats show the risk of hockey in Albany
- Albany Times Union: Rats lose shootout
- BuffaloSabres.com: Rivet hoping hard work will snap the slump
- BuffaloSabres.com: Sabres shakeup lines
- Buffalo News: Rivet on benching: Message received
- Buffalo News: Roy gets the point on power plays
- Buffalo News: Spreading the lines