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Lineup Set for Pre-season Opener

Monday, 09.20.2010 / 1:46 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Lineup Set for Pre-season Opener
Much like the new groups they’ve used for the last two days of training camp, the Hurricanes’ lineup for the first exhibition game of the season will display an equal mix of young and veteran talent.

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Each of the game’s four centers, Zac Dalpe, Riley Nash, Jeff Skinner and Jon Matsumoto, will be making their exhibition debut with experienced wingers like Tom Kostopoulos, Chad LaRose and Tuomo Ruutu.  They’ll be joined by more experienced roster hopefuls such as Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Bobby SanguinettiCam Ward will start in goal, but is expected to make way for Justin Pogge at some point.

The full lineup can be found below, although coach Paul Maurice cautioned that the group will be subject to change based on health. Understandably, a handful of players are experiencing some soreness after a brisk beginning to camp, including Erik Cole, who was slotted to play in Patrick Dwyer’s spot against Florida on Tuesday but will be held out as a precaution.

“They’ve all got their cell phones with them,” said Maurice. “If somebody gets a cramp or a groin, then we’re going to take them out.”

Maurice added that Cole is expected back at practice tomorrow and should play in Nashville on Thursday.

Now that the game schedule has approached, the coaching staff dialed down the pace during Monday’s practices relative to the intense first weekend. However, those not slated to play a game on any given night should still expect a thorough workout that morning.

“They hit the wall about halfway through those breakout/regroup drills and you could see it,” said Maurice of Monday’s group. “We pulled them off, and guys that don’t play will go back out tomorrow.”

Not that it should come as any surprise, but Ruutu seemed raring to go for Tuesday’s game. The summer was a bit longer for the Finnish winger, who shut his season down in late March for shoulder surgery. Originally expected to miss four to five months, he estimates having been back on the ice full-tilt for the last six weeks.

“I expected to be back in the lineup,” he said. “It was good to get the surgery done early because I wanted to be ready for this season, but also because I didn’t have to rush myself to get back into games.”

Maurice said that he expects Ruutu and other veterans to play between four and six of the team’s seven exhibition games. By default, one of those will be the Oct. 4 game in St. Petersburg. 

Other lineup spots will go to the large group of younger players that the coaches believe capable of making the team, but there may not be enough time to allow every play in camp to suit up.

“This is the challenge, because we really do feel that we have a number of players that have an opportunity to make our team that weren’t full-time players for us last year,” said Maurice. “In order to do that, they need to play enough exhibition games, but at the same time you can’t sacrifice the fact that your established guys need a certain amount of work to feel like they’re ready.” 

TENTATIVE GAME LINEUP 

LaRose – Skinner – Dwyer
Bowman – Nash – Ruutu
O’Sullivan – Dalpe – Kostopoulos
Boychuk – Matsumoto – Samson

Gleason – Sanguinetti
McBain – Babchuk
Borer – Harrison 

Ward
Pogge


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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