Tracking the Storm

More Fight and Emotion Needed vs. Dallas

Saturday, 11.5.2011 / 2:16 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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More Fight and Emotion Needed vs. Dallas

The morning after being drummed 5-1 by the Washington Capitals, the Carolina Hurricanes were still soured by their effort.

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Less than 24 hours from now, however, they’ll get a chance to right the mishaps of last night when they face the Dallas Stars in a Sunday matinee.

The message following last night’s game was clear: the Hurricanes lacked the jump and energy they needed for 60 minutes in order to win. This is something that has plagued the team throughout the season and is especially costly against teams like Washington who can (and did) easily take advantage of that.

“It’s not like we were unemotional or not passionate in the game,” head coach Paul Maurice said. “It just wasn’t at a level we need to get to in order to beat those teams.

“We’re not in a position to play a team like Washington even on emotion. We have to play at a higher emotional level than they do to win that game, and we didn’t. It was even, and that doesn’t do us any good.”

The Canes seemed to have the jump out of the gate, something they have been pretty consistent with all season. Just over three minutes into the game, Anthony Stewart tipped in a Jay Harrison point shot. The Canes closed out the period with a solid penalty kill effort which brought the RBC Center crowd to its feet. After that, though, there really wasn’t much good to note.

“I think we just took our foot off the gas,” Stewart said. “We scored that early goal. I think we sat back a bit and gave them too much space for their big guns. We were in a bit of a lull and they capitalized.”

“I thought we started pretty well,” forward Tuomo Ruutu said. “But then, after that we were kind of flat. We didn’t do anything great, and we didn’t do anything really bad. We just didn’t have that fight.”

Fight and energy is what the team will strive for tomorrow against a 9-3 Dallas team. Last night, the Stars topped the Avalanche 7-6 in overtime. But Maurice expects a gritty game tomorrow.

“They’re going to play a hard, grinding game,” he said. “It’s a meat-and-potatoes game, and they play it on a high level. It’s going to be a filthy grind. Not going to be pretty.”

While that certainly differs from the up-tempo style Washington put on display last night, the Canes’ approach won’t change. They just want the outcome to be different.

“It’s a team we don’t see much, but it’s still a crucial two points,” Stewart said. “Our game plan is going to stay the same.”

“Our game shouldn’t change much depending on the opponent,” Ruutu said. “I just think we should have more fight. We have to play the way we’re capable of playing.”

ROSTER NOTES

Jussi Jokinen skated on his own this morning at Raleigh Center Ice for about 20 minutes. He did not practice with the team, and he had a chat with Maurice before he left the ice. Maurice said he’s still day-to-day and “not ready for full practice yet” but that he feels fine. Considering that his injury looked to be serious, this is good news.

Eric Staal and Chad LaRose did not practice today, as they were kept off the ice for physical matienance. Maurice said that after the minutes (20:49) Staal played last night, “he didn’t need to do that this morning."

There might be some changes made on defense for tomorrow’s game, but we won’t know until then. After the third period in Philadelphia, Maurice said the defense was "on notice." Comments after last night's game certainly hinted towards that again. Maurice said of the defense, “We’ll make those decisions tomorrow. We have to talk to the players.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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