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Veterans Take Charge in Red-White Scrimmage

Sunday, 09.15.2013 / 4:30 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Veterans Take Charge in Red-White Scrimmage

Led by Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, the veterans took charge in the annual Red-White scrimmage, as Team Red topped Team White 3-1.

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Drayson Bowman, Semin and Staal netted goals for Red, while Zac Dalpe potted the lone goal for White as the annual Caniac Carnival attracted 9,200 fans on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

“I was pleased with the effort, and I thought some of the veterans took hold of it today,” said Canes head coach Kirk Muller. “I thought Semin was really good. Eric, Jordan and the leaders of the group had strong games. That’s what you want to see.”

Without linemate Jiri Tlusty, who should return to the ice as early as Monday, the coaching staff rotated Bowman and Chris Terry onto Staal and Semin’s line. The two responded with noticeable performances.

Bowman’s goal, which opened the scoring, came off a tic-tac-toe play from Staal to Semin to Bowman for the easy tap-in on the power play. In the second period, Bowman found Staal open for a one-time shot that beat Mike Murphy.

Terry was stoned by Ward on a chance on the doorstep early in the first period, and in the second period, Terry out-waited a sliding Tim Gleason on a two-on-one to dish to Semin for the goal.

“I thought Terry was really good,” Muller said. “Bowman continued to skate well.”

In net, Cam Ward saw a fair amount of work before being relieved by Murphy at the 11-minute mark of the second period. Muller said he was pleased with the all-around netminding.

“I thought he (Ward) was strong today,” Muller said. “He seems focused, ready, working and in shape.”

On the back-end, Muller noted that newcomers Andrej Sekera and Ron Hainsey looked more comfortable.

Gleason continued to play with a snarl today. At the end of the first period, he mixed it up with Jared Staal, perhaps a spillover from the physical edge present during Friday’s scrimmage.

“Maybe I’m really good-looking, and they want some of my looks,” Gleason quipped. “I just play my game. Maybe because I’m known to fight here and there or have a little temper and they want to test it out.”

“Gleas needs to play on the edge,” Muller said. “He needs to play physical.”

Today’s scrimmage was the third in as many days for the Canes, who now turn their attention to the upcoming preaseason schedule.

“Overall, I think the depth of our organization right now, that’s the fun thing,” Muller said. “Guys are going to push for those few open spots.”

What to Expect Moving Forward

The Canes made their first two cuts of training camp following the scrimmage, returning defenseman Trevor Carrick and forward Sergey Tolchinsky to their respective junior clubs.

Muller said the team’s focus would shift slightly to more X’s and O’s in the next couple of days in preparation for the team’s slate of four preseason games in four days.

“These next few days, we’ll start working more on systematic stuff,” he said. “The key will be these exhibition games.”

The Canes host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday to open the preseason before traveling to Buffalo, Quebec and Montreal in the three following days.



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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