Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 03/08/11 at 01:00 AM ET
At the end of Thursday’s games, Carolina was in seventh place in the East with a tough game ahead of them and a few days off after that. On Friday, they got smoked in Chicago, and dropped to eighth because the Rangers won their game. Buffalo won back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. The Rangers demolished the Flyers on Sunday. All of this means that the Rangers are in seventh, the Sabres in eighth and the Hurricanes are on the outside looking in.
Coach Paul Maurice said
“We had a terrible night yesterday and we didn’t play at all”.
Buffalo is ahead of Carolina by one standings point, and they still have a game in hand. They will expend that game on Tuesday when they play at Pittsburgh.
The Canes are three points behind the Rangers, but hold two games in hand. On Wednesday, the Canes will be at home against Atlanta while the Rangers will be at Anaheim. If everything goes according to plan, the Hurricanes can climb back into eighth place. I have a feeling that there’s going to be a revolving door with Carolina, Buffalo and Rangers from now until the last day of the season. Carolina is done playing the Rangers, but will play the Sabres two more times.
Cam Ward got a day off on Friday and is going to start every game down the stretch. Another lineup development is that the coaches want to get Derek Joslin back in the lineup. This suggests the possibility of dressing seven defensemen. If that ends up being the case, I see Jerome Samson as the odd man out. He’s worked hard and earned his ice time, but Carolina needs better defense.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.