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‘What I’m watching’ — Gm32 @Van: Canes seek to continue winning mojo versus Vancouver

When you enter the third period with a two-goal lead and proceed to immediately give up an extended 5-on-3 power play the league’s best power and a penalty shot to arguably the league’s best player in the middle of it and survive to win, you know the hockey gods are smiling on you. And when you also score on a fake dump in from the center line, it just makes it clearer how much the hockey gods love you right now. The Hurricanes are in the middle of another stretch like the start of the year where they seem to have the bounces o their side and the ability to just outrun and outgun any volume or level of mistakes. With the long haul that an NHL season is, the key is to ride these stretches as long as possible to climb the standings and build a gap above the playoff cut line. The Canes will try to do just that against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Led by young talent, the Canucks are right in the thick of the playoff chase in the Western Conference and enter with three wins in their last five games. For the Hurricanes, it is not about details right now but rather just riding the vibe and continuing to find ways to win even if it requires Connor McDavid to fail to even shoot on a penalty shot attempt. My watch points for installment #2 of December’s #CanesAfterDark follows.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Vancouver Canucks 1) Riding the wave The Hurricanes seem to be feeling it right... read more

Crystal balling the Carolina Hurricanes blue line

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe steps away from the here and now and takes a shot at projecting the Carolina Hurricanes blue line a couple years into the future.   The core — Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce I think the two mainstays for the blue line are Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce. Both are in their prime at 25 years old, are established and proven top 4 defensemen and are signed long-term to bargain contracts. Whenever either’s name pops up in some outlandish trade rumor note the source so you can discount it in the future and move on. Both Pesce and Slavin are destined to be half of the Hurricanes top 4 on defense for a long time.   Decisions, decisions — Dougie Hamilton, Joel Edmundson, Trevor van Riemsdyk Without any sure things in the system right now, the Hurricanes ideally need to keep at least one if not two current players to fill out the top 4. The team has three defensemen whose contracts expire soon. Both Joel Edmundson and Trevor van Riemsdyk are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer. Dougie Hamilton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season. With budget as a consideration, the team will need to decide which of these three players to commit to long-term and which part ways with especially if the price is not right. Dougie Hamilton is the king pin in sorting out the group past Slavin and Pesce. On the one hand he is thriving right now, especially offensively. On the other hand, management has shown a propensity under Tom Dundon to... read more

Considering help from outside: Part 1–Assessing the situation

Nearing the midway point of the 2019-20 season, the trade market that has been pretty quiet so far should start seeing some business. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe starts to look at the possibility of the Hurricanes adding help from outside the organization by assessing the current situation.   In a good place – no urgency An important starting point for considering the trade market for the Hurricanes is recognizing that there is no desperation or even urgency to do anything. Tuesday’s win pushed the Hurricanes to 19-11-1 and up above Pittsburgh into fourth place in the Metropolitan Division which is good for the first wild card slot. The margin for error is fairly small, but the Hurricanes are in a good place right now. In addition, the current three-game winning streak has the Hurricanes rising not falling right now. As such, there is no reason the Hurricanes need to do anything. Riding the current roster deeper into the season is a viable option and not one that necessarily discounts the team’s chances to return to the playoffs.   Limited cap room – potentially only one bullet available With the Hurricanes up against the salary cap this season, the team does not have a ton of room to add players if there is not a corresponding decrease in salary. As such, the team might only have one bullet to add a single player and still stay cap compliant. As such, one school of thought would be to keep that one bullet available in case injuries create a bigger need later.   The Justin Williams situation The other thing still... read more

Gm31 @Edm: Canes ride special teams superiority to sloppy 6-3 win over the Oilers

Recap of Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers My view of the first period can best be summed up by my comment on Twitter shortly after first period ended: This version of @Canes that is good at scoring goals instead of a dozen lesser things that don't go on the scoreboard is fun. That period was 'meh' other than fact Canes put the puck in the net every chance they had. #CanesAfterDark — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) December 11, 2019 Connor McDavid had a couple near misses with passes on his first couple shifts, and the Hurricanes took not one but two offensive zone penalties to put the NHL’s best power play on the ice. In general, the front part of the game was ‘meh’. The Oilers had the better of possession time, shot totals and scoring chances. But the hockey gods were kind. On the power play, Edmonton had two good chances ricochet in front of the net and find the end boards instead of the net. Reimer made a save on another grade A chance. And Edmundson made a good deflection on a pass that could well have netted a goal against. Give credit to the penalty kill, but also give credit to tempting fate and having the hockey gods have the randomness not result in a goal against. Meanwhile at the other end, a harmless shot deflected in such a way that it could not have been a better pass for Sebastian Aho to finish into half of an open net. The Hurricanes scored again on a heady power play pass by Jake Gardiner... read more

‘What I’m watching’ — Gm31 @Edm: Canes western roadie starts against Connor McDavid and the Oilers

After a couple solid wins on a short two-game home stand, the Hurricanes now embark on a frequent flyer special five-game road trip that sees them traversing most ofthe western part of North America. That road trip begins with a stop in Edmonton to face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. After a disappointing 2018-19 season and a playoff miss, the 2019-20 Oilers are a much better team so far. The Oilers 18-10-4 mark is good enough for at tie for first place in the Pacific Division. Connor McDavid is doing his thing with a massive 30 points in 15 home games where his coach can cherry pick some match ups. On the Hurricanes side, the goal is to carry the positive momentum out west and scratch and claw for as many points as possible on an arduous trip. A treading water 5-5 would be acceptable in avoiding a swoon, but with the Metropolitan Division so competitive, the Canes ideally need to find a way to do a point or two (or three) better than that. My watch points for the first stop out West follow.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Edmonton Oilers 1) Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl The Hurricanes have had some success at least slowing McDavid historically. As much as is possible, Jaccob Slavin has the quickness and agility to stay in front of him, and Brett Pesce is similarly a solid defender with enough mobility to at least slow him. But the road is tougher. Edmonton will have some ability to dictate match ups and maybe even steal a few... read more

Checking the standings at the 30-game mark

All of a sudden the Carolina Hurricanes 2019-20 season is 30 games deep and quickly approaching the midway point that will be reached just after the calendar flips against the Capitals on January 3. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes a quick look at where the Hurricanes are through 30 games.   Pace and trajectory The Hurricanes 37 points in 30 games projects to a pace of 101 points. Historically, 95-96 points has been good enough to win the final wild card slot, but lately that number seems to be pushing upward. The trajectory is also positive if one considers a fairly short history. The team has won two straight and also nine out of thirteen.   Place in the standings The Hurricanes currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Adjusted for games played (using points above .500), the Hurricanes currently have a three point lead over the New York Rangers who sit in the ninth spot.   Looking up Despite being fifth in the Metropolitan Division, the third spot and avoiding Boston and Washington in the first round is easily within reach. The #3 Flyers are up only two points on the Hurricanes and the #4 Penguins are up only one point. So a win or two coupled with Flyers and Penguins losses could see the Hurricanes move up two places in the standings.   Compared to 2018-19 At this point last season, the Hurricanes were 13-11-4. So the current record is seven points better. In addition, the team was in the midst of a December slide that would finish with a... read more

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December 13, 2019 at 12:43pm
Daily Cup of Joe for Friday has couple @Canes system notes on scoring, special teams and ice time/lineup balance=> https://t.co/GRfyppa9JY
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December 13, 2019 at 1:52am
Ready for those who went to bed and wake up seeking @Canes update, recap/notes from Canes 1-0 overtime loss to the Canucks is here=> https://t.co/MoK4cIjUBH
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December 13, 2019 at 1:42am
Probably deserved better, but netting a point with an OTL on the road is more good than bad and 1-0-1 start to road trip is easily plus. #CanesAfterDark #LetsGoCanes
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December 13, 2019 at 1:21am
How great is it to not to completely dread overtime or even (gasp) a shootout in a game like this? #NewCanes
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December 12, 2019 at 11:29pm
Tell me differently...Majority of most phenomenal looking glove saves are because the player shot directly into the glove. That is what causes goalie to add flare pushing glove forward as puck goes right into it. Sadly true?
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