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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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60