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Gameday: Hurricanes vs. Senators

Wednesday, 11.17.2010 / 12:15 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Gameday: Hurricanes vs. Senators
While the Hurricanes are eager to get back into game action after a few good days of practice, this game day will be anything but typical for their Wednesday opponent – the Ottawa Senators.

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The Senators were originally planning to be in Raleigh Monday night but will instead arrive just hours before game time. Their change in plans is due to the team’s decision to return home and attend the memorial service for Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of assistant coach Luke Richardson, who passed away over the weekend.

It’s a highly unorthodox schedule for a team to have in any circumstances, much less with the obvious hardships and heavy emotions that go into a day like this.

“The significant challenge that they’re going through can galvanize a team,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. “I think it did for them in Boston on the day of the news (a 2-0 win on Saturday). It’s clearly an incredibly difficult thing for a team to go through, but I don’t think you can expect to see a team that’s not closer together when they come to our building tonight.”

After opening the season with just one win in their first six games, a home victory against Carolina on Oct. 14, the Senators have put together a nice run of five wins over their last seven contests. However, it’s unclear as to what effect the recent tragedy will have on their on-ice performance, as they suffered a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia following their big win in Boston – a game that coach Cory Clouston called a “big letdown” emotionally.

For the Hurricanes, they’ll be hoping to come out with a renewed sense of intensity, particularly on the defensive end, following consecutive lopsided losses to Philadelphia and Montreal. Having been off since Saturday, they’ve used the break to get back to the kind of tough practices that they had been unable to hold during the busier portion of their schedule.

“It’s a great reminder for our players but for the coaches as well – you always want to make bigger steps,” said Maurice. “You want to look at the Florida and Edmonton games and feel like you’re further along in the teaching curve than you are, and then you get a little dose of reality and realize that, especially this year, you have to spend an awful long time on the foundations of the game.”

Tuesday waiver acquisition Troy Bodie was at the morning skate but will not be in the lineup against Ottawa, although he is expected to play in the team’s next game in Pittsburgh on Friday. The 6-foot-4, 213-pound right wing had a busy day yesterday and did not get much sleep due to jet lag from Anaheim, and will thus get more time to settle in before suiting up with the Canes.

“It was a whirlwind 24 hours and a lot of emotions going through,” he said. “When I was told I got claimed by Carolina I was excited.  It’s a great hockey city with a history of a Stanley Cup. I’m excited to be here.”

When he does play, coaches will ask the 25-year-old to bring a physical presence to the Hurricanes’ fourth line.

“He’s certainly bigger than a lot the guys we have up front, and he certainly moves pretty well once he gets going,” said Maurice.

In something of a strange occurrence across the small world of hockey, the only member of the organization Bodie knew coming in was Jiri Tlusty, a teammate from the Toronto Marlies last season. However, they only played a handful of games together before Tlusty was traded to Carolina in exchange for Philippe Paradis.

“Sometimes you bring a guy in and he knows six guys he’s played with and it’s real easy for him, but these are all new faces, all new names, all new names and new coaches,” said Maurice. “It’s a little bit overwhelming.”

Bodie now becomes the first Hurricanes player on Twitter and can be found @TroyBodie. However, he’s only made three tweets since May, and admits to not having a full understanding of how it works, saying that his girlfriend suggested he join. He added that he only reactivated his account two days ago.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81