Tracking the Storm

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Friday, 09.24.2010 / 12:52 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Three games in four nights are tough in the regular season, never mind in the middle of training camp.

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That’s the reality for a small group of players – Drayson Bowman, Riley Nash, Tom Kostopoulos, Patrick O’Sullivan and Bobby Sanguinetti - who will maintain their perfect attendance rate for Hurricanes preseason games tonight against Nashville.

“I’m just excited,” said Sanguinetti, who recorded two assists in the Canes’ 3-1 win Thursday night in Nashville. “(The fatigue) hasn’t really bothered me yet, but that could just be the adrenaline kicking in.”

With the exception of Kostopoulos, who is an established roster player, each player in that group is on a two-way contract and still has something to prove. O’Sullivan has done well in the offensive end, having earned two points in his first two games with a goal against Nashville, but would likely need to play a more complete game before assuring himself of a spot with the Hurricanes.

“Last night he scored a Jussi Jokinen-type breakaway goal with great, moving hands, but the other part of the game was not as intense,” said coach Paul Maurice. “He’s right there, but we have to have a certain intensity level.”

Sanguinetti, who is in competition with the likes of Brett Carson and Jay Harrison for a spot on defense, earned praise from Maurice even prior to setting up the two goals against the Predators. The offensive-minded blue liner supplies something that the rest of the establish group already has in spades, but that seemingly won’t hurt his chances to make the team.

“Ask the team that just won the Stanley Cup,” said General Manager Jim Rutherford of last season’s Chicago Blackhawks. “That was a team with puck-moving, mobile guys, and that’s what we’ve done with our team. We have guys that, when games get tight, they can step up their defense and they don’t get enough credit for that.”

While Sanguinetti hasn’t yet demonstrated that with just five NHL games under his belt, Maurice believes that the talents which helped him scores 42 points at the American league level can also benefit him in his own end.

“We’re really hopeful that he can take some of his offensive skills and use them as a defenseman,” said Maurice. “Skate well, go back and get the puck and make a good, clean first pass. He’s played at the right intensity level, and he’s had a very good camp.”

At a time when Maurice believes veteran players are starting to separate themselves from the inexperienced in terms of their conditioning and energy level, maintaining that intensity will be the biggest test for Sanguinetti and the rest of the exhibition iron men.

“I don’t mind playing again,” said Sanguinetti. “I’ve talked to Mo about it, and he just wants me to bring that same energy.

And if he’s asked to play again on Saturday?

“I’ll play them all if they want me to,” he said, but not before shaking his head at the mere thought.

Full lines for tonight’s game are below. We could have included Justin Pogge in the iron man group as he’s suited up for every game, but he did not play on Friday.  That will change tonight as he’s expected to play the entire game.

Also, just to provide more than 20 minutes heads up this time, we ARE planning to have live streaming video of tonight's game online.

Boychuk – Sutter – Kennedy
Jokinen – Skinner – LaRose
Bowman – Nash - Kostopoulos
O’Sullivan – Matsumoto - Blanchard 

Gleason – Babchuk
Harrison – Carson
Sanguinetti – Rodney
 
Pogge

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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