Fighting a number of bumps and bruises, the Canes had a limited, optional practice today at the RecZone.
Goaltenders Cam Ward and Justin Peters were joined on the ice by Joe Corvo, Jay Harrison, Jamie McBain, Jeff Skinner, Troy Bodie, Jussi Jokinen, Jiri Tlusty and Brandon Sutter. That was it: two goalies, eight skaters.
"We had a number of guys who brought some (physical) stuff into the Nashville game and hadn't healed up as much as we had hoped," coach Paul Maurice said. "We kept everybody that we thought had an issue off the ice and hopefully they'll all be ready for tomorrow. But we'll see."
Maurice juggled the lines extensively during the Canes' 5-2 loss Saturday in Nashville, but said some of that was a product of who was healthy and who's not. He said that also could play a hand in how the lines are structured this week heading into the back-to-back against the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues on Friday and Saturday.
"Some of it has to do with how we come back from the training room tomorrow," Maurice said. "Who's feeling well enough and how many minutes are you giving guys with their health. How many minutes can you expect out of them?
"Paddy Dwyer went back to the middle (against the Preds). That's something we had some success with last year. And maybe giving Brandon Sutter more of offensive-minded players to play with."
Maurice also moved Tuomo Ruutu from center to the wing on Eric Staal's line during the game. Sutter then centered Skinner and Erik Cole.
"There are games, especially when you look at the teams we're playing, Western Conference teams on the road, that Eric needs some more zone possession from one of his wingers," Maurice said. "He needs someone who can hang on to it. He's doing a lot of hanging on the puck with guys on his back now. ... We felt if Eric had some more size with him he could do more."
One area to be addressed in practice undoubtedly will be the power play. In the four games since a 3-for-3 showing in a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins, the Canes have gone 0-for-13, getting 11 shots on net.
"The one recurring theme was that the teams we played after Boston are very aggressive on their penalty kill," Maurice said. "We moved the puck slowly and did not have the setup time we had in Boston to create some of the things.
"There's just a slowness in how we're executing. We need to get that speed up a little bit."
Added Jokinen: "Every time you're stuck on the power play, you just need to simplify things. Get the puck to the point and shoot the puck and try to get some good, quality shots and get guys going to the net and trying to find those rebounds."