Off days are time to work for Canes
Posted January 29, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — For the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday, the story was more about who was not skating in practice than who was following a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Forward Chad LaRose missed practice Tuesday after an unspecified allergic reaction, but it is not anticipated that it will keep him out of Friday’s game versus Ottawa. Muller did not have many details on the reaction other than to say it was something he ate. LaRose has yet to register a point and is skating a minus-4 on the season.
Defenseman Justin Faulk remains day-to-day with an upper body injury, but Muller said he hopes to have him back in the line-up by Friday. Faulk was noticeably absent Monday night, forcing Jamie McBain and Bobby Sanguinetti into extended minutes.
In an odd reversal, Faulk will replace LaRose as the guest on Tuesday night’s Canes Corner at Backyard Bistro because of the illness.
While on the ice Tuesday, Carolina worked on some four-on-four drills. The Hurricanes are one of nine teams that have yet to play an overtime game and with three days off, Muller used the time to prepare for the inevitable situation.
Looking ahead to Friday’s game against Ottawa, the Canes power play might go back to a more traditional look. The team has been running a first unit with Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Alex Semin and Jeff Skinner up front and Joni Pitkanen at the point. Muller said the team will make some changes to the two units to try to improve the attack. The Canes are No. 25 in the league on the man advantage (3-for-26, 11.5 percent).
Fallout from a foot
Some additional fallout from Monday suggests that the game against Boston may not have ended with just a loss on the books. A report out of WEEI in Boston has the Bruins Patrice Bergeron accusing Jeff Skinner of ‘slew footing” at the end of Monday’s game.
Bergeron and Skinner ended up with matching roughing penalties after getting into a tussle in the waning seconds of the Bruins 5-3 win, although it was forward Brad Marchand that is really upset with Skinner. He should know about the detriments of the play, he was fined for that infraction last year and has a reputation for being a disturber.
Muller said he did not see the play and said he was watching the other stuff, namely Tyler Seguin’s empty net goal that salted away the game. Skinner has been involved in a questionable play before. Last season he was suspended for two games for kicking St. Louis Blues forward Scott Nichol.
With three days off, Muller said there is one thing that he wants his team to do, “Work.”