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Canes Fighting Through Minor Injuries

Saturday, 01.08.2011 / 12:54 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Fighting Through Minor Injuries
They’ve managed to avoid anything serious, but the Hurricanes’ training room has seen much more activity in recent weeks.

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After an unusually healthy start to the season, the Canes have continued to pick up a collection of minor injuries, with starting goaltender Cam Ward the latest to pick up an undisclosed concern. According to coach Paul Maurice, Justin Peters may get his second consecutive start in goal, following up on his 32-save victory in Florida on Friday.

“He might be a game-time,” said Maurice of Ward. “He’s not feeling 100 percent.”

At worst, Ward is healthy enough to serve as the backup goaltender even if he is unable to start.

It seems as though the only other potential change from Friday involves defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who has been out since Dec. 28 with an upper-body injury. According to Maurice, Pitkanen has been medically cleared to play but could be delayed by the arrival of his first child. As of Saturday morning, Pitkanen’s wife, Sini, had entered labor.

“He’s been cleared by everyone, but we would have liked him to skate today,” said Maurice, who will not hold a morning skate in advance of Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. start time against Atlanta at the RBC Center.

Of the team’s remaining injuries, Jussi Jokinen and Jiri Tlusty took part in a seven-player limited practice on Saturday, while Ryan Carter, who was injured during the team’s overtime loss at the New York Rangers on Wednesday, did not.

Jokinen was originally expected to return only a few days after his Dec. 28 lower-body injury, but should be nearing a return now.

“He’s still healing,” said Maurice. “It’s just not fast.”

The Thrashers are coming off a while 9-3 loss in Toronto that saw them switch goalies three times. Ondrej Pavelec allowed 5 goals on 24 shots, while Chris Mason allowed 4 goals on 10 shots.

Thrashers forward Ben Eager, who caused Tlusty’s upper-body injury in the team’s last meeting on Dec. 16, received a match penalty for an alleged sucker-punch on Toronto’s Colby Armstrong in the second period of that game. On Saturday morning, the NHL suspended Eager for four games, keeping him out of tomorrow’s contest.

In other possible suspension news as it relates to the Hurricanes, Tom Kostopoulos, who the team traded to Calgary in November, could be facing discipline from the league following a jaw-breaking hit on Detroit’s Brad Stuart. The Flames’ next game is in Carolina on Tuesday, which would make a one-game suspension enough to keep him out of the lineup.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45