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Lines, Updates for Thursday

Thursday, 09.23.2010 / 11:50 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Lines, Updates for Thursday
Although the Canes’ lineup on Thursday will be dominated by veterans, a few younger and not-yet-established players will be getting a second chance to make an impression.

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Drayson Bowman, Zac Dalpe, Riley Nash and Patrick O’Sullivan will be suiting up for the second consecutive exhibition game, this time in Nashville. Not that all four of those players seemed nervous during the first go-around, but added experience should help things go at least a little more smoothly.

“I am expecting a more dominant game by our center ice,” said Maurice of a group that will again include Dalpe and Nash from the first game but adds the organizational top two of Eric Staal and Brandon Sutter. “When you put four young guys in their very first pro hockey experience, they’re trying to process so much on the ice and not make mistakes.”

Prior the first game, Maurice had advised the rookies not to worry and just play their game, but as it turned out, that concept is easier said than done.

”Everybody coming into their first game with NHL players puts pressure on themselves,” said Staal. “Guys probably grip their sticks a little too hard, but just that comes around with the more time you spend on the ice at camp.”

Due to preseason ice conditions in southern markets and the continuing grind of training camp, Maurice said that he wasn’t necessarily expecting a huge upgrade in the overall quality of play for both teams in Nashville. 

“Even if they put all their best guys out, I’m not sure we’re going to be snapping it around that ice,” he said.

However, he does feel that some players may be beginning to turn the corner from tired legs to full fitness.

“The group this morning was the first sign that their legs might be coming back to them again,” he said. “I was really kind of pleased maybe more than any other day because I looked at a few of them and thought, ‘Hey, those guys are surviving,” because there’s the other end of it where there are guys that can’t recover.”

Contrary to yesterday’s plan, Maurice said that Justin Peters would likely get the full game in goal tonight, with Justin Pogge backing up. He added that Pogge, who has impressed him in camp, would likely play a complete game at home on Friday when the team will again be mostly made up of roster hopefuls.

FORWARD LINES

Samsonov – Staal – Ruutu
Jokinen – Sutter – Cole
Bowman – Dalpe – Kostopoulos
O’Sullivan – Nash – Dwyer


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81