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Cole, Ruutu Game-Time Decisions

by Paul Branecky / Carolina Hurricanes
Although another day has passed, there still isn’t a great deal of information available concerning injured Hurricanes forwards Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu. They aren’t certain to play in tomorrow night’s Game 2, but they haven’t been ruled out, either.

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“They’re day-to-day,” said Coach Paul Maurice. “We’ll make an assessment tomorrow morning. They may skate, they may not – we’ll let our trainer make that decision for them. They’ll be both game-time decisions for the game tomorrow. It could have been worse, I guess, so we’ll move forward positively.”

The potential absence of one or both of those players is a cause for concern in what would otherwise be a relatively comfortable situation for Carolina. They lost Game 1 in each of their first two series, by a much wider margin than they did against Pittsburgh earlier this week, but managed to win Game 2 and come back home with a split.

They were able to do that in part due to systematic adjustments by the coaching staff as the team came into the second contest with a little better read on their opponents.

“I do think that over the course of our first 14 games, we’ve done a pretty good job of learning where we can get better and getting better,” said Maurice.

How to do that in Game 2?

“I thought that we forced some things that we didn’t have to force [in Game 1],” said Maurice. “I think you’ve seen us do that in all our early games or in games we didn’t prepare or play our best. Just a little bit different management of the puck.”

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