ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 25: Head Coach Paul Maurice of the Carolina Hurricanes discusses a play during the game against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on September 25 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
According to multiple sources who attended practice today, the Carolina Hurricanes were working on special teams and specific line combinations during their skate. Hockeymom was there and she "tweeted" that the powerplay units included:
Some folk here have been thinking about various line combinations all summer, (some more than others), and coach Paul Maurice put the following lines into place today, with the thought that he would give them a chance to play together tomorrow night in Florida. What he's looking for is some chemistry.
- Dalpe,(Dwyer)- Kostopoulos-Tlusty
Sergei Samsonov remains out with a sore neck. The team will make a decision on Thursday whether he is healthy enough to travel to Europe. If he is healthy, look for them to cut one more player, (forward). If not, Samsonov will stay home and the team will take the group they have assembled now.
On defense, the combinations were:
The lines Maurice put together certainly have possibilities, but there is no telling where Samsonov will fit in when he returns. He could move O`Sullivan off the top line, all the way down to the fourth? Or Samsonov could replace Bowman on the second line, who would then be moved to the fourth in place of Tlusty?
It's anyone's guess how they will perform together, but one thing is certain. The lines will not stay this way for very long.