Tracking the Storm

'Recovery Day' Breaks Up Intensity

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 12:27 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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\'Recovery Day\' Breaks Up Intensity

Following their first win of the preseason, the Carolina Hurricanes had two light-hearted skates today that saw the defenseman and forwards split up into two groups.

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All defenseman still on the training camp roster were on the ice at 9:15 this morning with Cam Ward and Brian Boucher in the net. There was a lot of focus on shots from the point, and one drill featured push-ups as a punishment for missing the net.

“We needed a bit of a recovery day,” head coach Paul Maurice said. “The defensemen in today’s practice handled the puck more than they would in 10 regular practices. So it was all about skill development and working the puck and their feet.”

After coming off an illness, Derek Joslin should be in the lineup Wednesday night in Winnipeg. Joslin will be paired with Jamie McBain in tomorrow’s second skate, a pairing that could carry over to the preseason re-match with the Jets.

“I’ve been itching to get at it,” Joslin said. “I’ve been feeling really good for the past week, and I’ve been working hard.

“I missed a week, but I wasn’t just at home doing nothing,” he said. “I was at [Raleigh Center Ice] skating and working out. It’s not a game situation, but I stayed in shape, and I’m back now skating with the guys, doing battle drills and getting myself ready.”

With Joslin back in the mix, the battle for a defensive spot has gotten more competitive, but Joslin is confident that his play from last season and work thus far in camp will give him the edge.

After coming over from San Jose in February, Joslin played in 17 games for the Hurricanes down the stretch. In that period, he recorded five points (1g, 4a), was plus-seven and regularly logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game.

“I’m a year stronger. For the past three years with San Jose I was that bubble guy,” he said. “I think I handled that well. I came in last year and helped the team as best I could to make that playoff push. This year, confidence wise, I feel good.”

All forwards took the ice around 10:15, and just like the defensive group, they concluded practice with a shootout. The losers had to do push-ups while the winners stood over them and watched, a jocular moment in an otherwise intense camp.

“Today’s practice, I wanted them feeling light,” Maurice said. “They did have a hard off-ice workout, and tomorrow we’ll get back to some intensity.

“There was something on the line today, and that’s when they had a little bit of fun,” Maurice said of the shootouts. “Some unusual moves, to say the least.”

After saying Anthony Stewart had the best game of his preseason, Maurice had an extended conversation with the forward at center ice during practice.

“I liked his game last night. I thought he was on the puck a lot more,” Maurice said. “He’s so fast as a big man – unusually fast – especially in his first 30-40 feet. I thought he used that speed very effectively last night.”

“I felt light on my feet. I’m feeling more confident with the puck every game that I’ve been playing so far,” Stewart said. “The hands usually come second to me and the legs are always going. I’m almost hitting game-stride here.

“I have to get in on the forecheck and make some room for the smaller forwards. The more space they have, the more successful they’ll be.”

Tomorrow’s skates are slated for 9 and 11 a.m. before the team heads off to Winnipeg in the early afternoon.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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