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‘What I’m watching’ — Gm8 @SJ: Canes seek to win 2nd straight on West Coast trip versus the Sharks

After a lackluster home effort on Saturday carried over into the first period of Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles, the Canes rebounded, played two better periods and squeaked out a win with a single goal not counting an empty-netter in the waning seconds. If you missed the late night affair, you can find a recap with notes HERE. Without much time for California sightseeing , the Hurricanes are right back at it on Wednesday night against former Canes forward Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks. After struggling to an 0-4 start, the Sharks seemed to get a boost after signing Marleau and have now won two straight since the addition. On the Hurricanes side of the ledger, Tuesday’s win was a good one to cut short any possible losing streak after a strong start and a single loss. For as much as the 6-1 record is impressive, I think the 2019-20 Hurricanes are still very much a work in process. My watch points for Wednesday’s game reflect some of that work.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the San Jose Sharks 1) A better start The Hurricanes struggled mightily in their first period on the West Coast on Tuesday night. If not for Petr Mrazek and some near misses by the Kings, the Hurricanes could have been down two or three goals early and tracking toward a very different result. On Wednesday, I will be watching closely to see if the team can find a higher gear out of the gate or if not if someone can help spark the team sooner.   2) Sebastian... read more

First impressions on the new additions — James Reimer, Joel Edmundson, Jake Gardiner, Ryan Dzingel and Erik Haula

Seven games is obviously not enough to make any final judgments, but with those games and also preseason, it is enough for first impressions on the new players. That is the subject of today’s Daily Cup of Joe.   James Reimer The crux of the trade for James Reimer is that the Hurricanes could unload Scott Darling’s contract and get a player who at least theoretically could contribute and/or possibly be traded later. The move made sense on a financial level even if Reimer did not work out. But the deal did also have upside if Reimer rebounded. Though his 2018-19 campaign was not great, he was only a couple years removed from being a capable 1A/1B type goalie. First impressions on Reimer are definitely positive. The team is 2-1 in Reimer starts, and more significantly he played a sizable role in both of the wins. Mrazek may have evened things up a bit with his shutout on Tuesday, but prior to that I think it was fair to say that Reimer was the better of the two goalies. He held the fort in the second half of the game against the Capitals while the team rebounded. And he was stellar in the win over Florida that saw the team in front of him play one good period and then take the rest of the night off to the tune of a shooting gallery that Reimer survived. At a minimum, he seems to be settling in as a competent backup which in itself is a win.   Joel Edmundson My assessment after seven games is that I underappreciated what... read more

Gm7 @LA: Canes grind out 2-0 win over LA to rebound from first loss and start road trip positively

Coming off a generally lackluster effort and the team’s first loss on Saturday night, the Hurricanes looked to rebound on its first real road trip of the season. The rebound did not happen in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings. The period encompassed most of what has at times ailed the team during the 2019-20 season. The sluggish pace from the loss to Columbus carried over. The team took a couple penalties and failed to take away much on the power play. The result was a first period with a heavy advantage to the Kings. Some combination of Petr Mrazek being on his game and a few near misses helped the Hurricanes emerge from a rough start with a 0-0 tie late into the first period when they seemed to gain their footing. The period would end with a modest uptick in level of play from the Hurricanes and a 0-0 score. The second period saw the rest of the team arrive. The Hurricanes were not necessarily dominant, but they were competitive unlike the first period. The Hurricanes would score 4:16 into the second period when Ryan Dzingel made a heady play to quickly open and exploit a passing lane finding Martin Necas stepping up between the face-off circles for a quick hitter for a goal. The Hurricanes would finish the period with a 9-3 shot advantage and a 1-0 lead. Down a goal, the Kings pushed in the third period. But again the Hurricanes minimized chances and finished the game with two better penalty kills. Sebastian Aho would be rewarded with another empty-net goal with seven... read more

‘What I’m watching’ — Gm7 @LA: Canes seek rebound in LA after first loss of the season

After a couple days off after a busy 6 games in 10 days to start the 2019-20 season, the Hurricanes will reemerge on the West Coast for the team’s annual NC State Fair road trip. This year’s event is an abbreviated one that features a three-game stint in California and then a return home for a four-day rest (and actually maybe attending the NC State Fair) before departing for another game away in Columbus. Despite entering Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings with a one-game losing streak, the team is off to a fabulous start at 5-1. The key is to bounce back quickly so as not to give away what was earned from the hot start. My rough math (adjusted for games played) has the Hurricanes three points above the playoff cut line and also about the same above the 95-96-point pace that almost always earns a playoff spot. It only takes a couple losses to give it back, so a quick rebound and win in Los Angeles tonight would protect what has been gained so far. The Kings enter with a 2-3-0 mark and demonstrated ability to score goals but also a struggle keeping the puck out of their own net. Los Angeles has allowed six, eight and five goals in their three losses. My watch points follow.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Los Angeles Kings 1) Sebastian Aho, the first line and possibly Brind’Amour’s hand As the season has rolled forward, the discussion of Sebastian Aho’s early season struggles have increased. His lone scoring point is still his empty-net goal,... read more

Trying to get the top line going

In yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe, I listed some crazy stats resulting from the Hurricanes 5-1 start. The most improbable of them all might well be the team’s ability to go 5-1 with virtually nothing for scoring from a few of the team’s top offensive players. In six games Sebastian Aho has zero assists and a lone empty net goal to his credit on the score sheet. Nino Niederreiter has a few assists but is without a goal. Teuvo Teravainen is actually off to a strong start offensively with two goals and four assists in six games, but all four of assists are on the power play. The Hurricanes’ ability to win without production from its top line is a strong testament to the depth of the team at forward and maybe even more so how incredibly good the defense has been in contributing offense. But winning without help from Aho’s line will not be sustainable over the course of the full season. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe explores options to try to jump start Sebastian Aho and the first line that he leads.   Patience The current trio of Teravainen, Aho and Niederreiter have produced before and the Aho/Niederreiter duo that is sputtering right now was among the team’s best during the winter surge last year. In addition, there have been signs of life of late. Niederreiter’s volume of scoring chances has been higher recently which suggests he could break through and also that Aho is generating some offense even if the results are sparse. And in terms of trying to give Aho and Niederreiter all of the support... read more

Crazy numbers from the Hurricanes 5-1 start

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe compiles a short list of crazy stats from the Hurricanes 5-1 start.   A potentially dire situation as relates to goal scoring and winning As of right now, Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter have exactly zero goals not counting empty-netters. Had you told me that would be the case through six games, I would probably have hoped the team would somehow have squeaked out a 2-3-1 mark on the back of strong defense and goaltending. But because of the massive production from the blue line and depth scoring, all is well offensively despite a few top players starting slow at least in terms of goal scoring. It really is unfathomable where the team is in the standings right now considering the lack of goals from key players.   Jaccob Slavin as our third best defenseman? The defense in total has been the team’s greatest strength, so there is not really a single negative story to tell here. But for fun, if I wanted to rank the Canes defensemen through six games, Dougie Hamilton wins the top spot for his elite scoring forward-like prowess offensively. And though I recognize the potential for debate here, I think I would put Pesce second by virtue of his incredible defensive play. So despite also getting off to a strong start, I think it is actually possible to say that Jaccob Slavin is the team’s third best defenseman so far despite also getting off to a strong start.   Blue line scoring! As noted above, the engine that is driving the Hurricanes’ train right now is the... read more

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