Sunday Skate Down: Skinner & Ward

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Hurricanes had a wet storm of their own to battle during Sunday’s practice and it wasn’t the torrential downpour that assaulted Raleigh’s skyline. The flood actually happened inside the RecZone where the Canes were holding practice. The team had to move off the ice as a broken compressor caused a slushy surface.

Coach Paul Maurice chatted with the media about Jeff Skinner and Cam Ward.

Skinner went back to the wing late in Friday’s game against the Blackhawks and Jokinen took center. The rookie was 0-12 on the face-offs.

Skinner scored a goal shortly after the change in Chicago. Maurice commented that he liked the switch and may stick to it for Wednesday’s game with Atlanta.

“Jeff’s done a good job there but he’s spending a lot of energy on the breakouts and he’s not conserving as much,” explained Maurice.

Jokinen is assumed to center Skinner and Ruttu.

The Canes coach also talked about Cam Ward’s absence in Friday’s game and if Ward had asked for the pass.

“He won’t do that,” he said. “Even if there’s an injury or there’s something you’re worried about he’s not going to tell you he can’t play. None of those guys will.”

Paul Maurice forecasts Cam to be the man for the remainder of the season unless something unforeseen arises.

“We have enough blocks of time off between our blocks of games. We ran him 22, 23 in a row, so this should be easy for him. Unless something comes up where he’s not right or not feeling right … I would expect him to be ready to go.”

Cam Ward (Credit: CHRIS SEWARD - [email protected] )

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