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Righting the ship

With the 3-game losing streak, I, probably like many other Canes fans, have been thinking about what is wrong and what needs to be fixed. I think an important starting point is noting that the current situation is not that uncommon in the long NHL season. Of the 4 teams in the Metropolitan Division who are all but certain the make the playoffs (Capitals, Penguins Rangers, Blue Jackets), 2 of the 4 (Penguins and Rangers) have also had 3-game losing streaks in January which is only 22 days old. The key for the Hurricanes is scratch back into the win column before the streak extends too far and right the ship for the next run of wins.   What needs fixing? After some time thinking about this, I boil it down to 3 things: 1) Attention to details and defense Even before the losing streak started, the Hurricanes quality of play in terms of defending in the neutral and defensive zones and taking care of the puck in key places had already deteriorated. It might sound odd, but I actually think the Hurricanes overwhelming success playing and winning fun hockey led pretty directly to the current skid. As I noted before last week’s games started, there was reason for concern despite the 4-game home winning streak. The Hurricanes need to get back to playing sound hockey and not just hoping to score 4-5 goals to cover up lapses and win shootouts. 2) The goaltending needs to revert back to at least good enough A staple during the Hurricanes strong play this season has also been the strong play of... read more

Sunday Canes Chronicle: Bounce back edition

After a tough 0-3 week for the Carolina Hurricanes and a heavy dose of adversity, this week’s Sunday Canes Chronicle aims to offer some respite for Canes fans. As a starting point, consider voting in our lighthearted poll to name the cutest “Baby Cane” from the slide show that Fox Sports aired as part of Saturday’s telecast for the Hurricanes dads’ trip. After that, check out the collection of articles on the Carolina Hurricanes from around the internet.   Carolina Hurricanes’ playoff hopes I recognize that optimism is low right now after a tough week, but if you create standings based on games above .500, the team is tied with the Flyers and Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference right now. And on January 22, a full 46 games into the 2016-17 season, that is a good place to be. Andrew Schnittker from the Technician wrote this article about the Canes’ playoff hopes. Travis Yost from also chimed in calling the Hurricanes a “legitimate playoff contender” this week. Granted it was before the 0-3 week, but Matthew Barlowe from Cardiac Cane did a survey of some of the statistical models that predict playoff teams with reasonably favorable results. Dave Molinari from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers an outsider’s view of the Hurricanes playoff push and also a former insider’s view of Jordan Staal’s game.   Carolina Hurricanes prospects make the future bright The next wave of future Hurricanes continues to paint the future bright. Michael Smith from the team web site detailed Alex Nedeljkovic’s surprising NHL debut in relief on Tuesday night in Columbus. Canes and... read more

Gm46 @Clu: Canes shake up lineup and rebound but fail to be rewarded with a W

First, for anyone who missed the 5pm start and are checking in expecting the absolute worst after the Canes debacle at PNC Arena on Friday night, I can assure you that though disappointing, Saturday’s game in Columbus was not nearly as bad. Big news was delivered even before the puck drop. Out of the lineup were Teuvo Teravainen, Noah Hanifin and Matt Tennyson, and in the lineup were Ty Rattie, Klas Dahlbeck and Ryan Murphy. After a weak home loss on Friday, Coach Bill Peters chose to make a statement.   Recap of Hurricanes 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Just like on Friday, the Hurricanes started fairly strong. But the game still started the wrong way on the scoreboard when Columbus forward Markus Hannikainen scored his first NHL goal. The game was a big collection of small mistakes around the net reminiscent of Friday’s mess. First Murphy lost a puck battle on the boards. Then he proceeded to get caught on the wrong side of the Jackets’ player such that when the puck bounced to him, he had an easy path to the front of the net in front of Murphy. Then the puck rolled through the crease in front of Leighton and was shot off him a couple times from close range at a bad angle before Hannikainen found a hole and a goal. The bad combination inability to grab a rebound and clean up the front of the net put the Hurricanes down 1-0. Later in the first period on what looked like a harmless 2-on-2 rush with both defenseman back in position, Ryan Murphy... read more

On the lighter side…Vote for the cutest young Canes player

On the ice, the Hurricanes are in the middle of an adversity-filled weekend. As part of the Hurricanes’ dads’ weekend, the broadcast is playing a fun piece that shows the Hurricanes’ players as young or very young players. Taking a chance for a bit of lighter fun, vote below for the cutest (up to 3) junior Hurricane. You can find the video clip on the Fox Sports Carolina Twitter feed HERE.  (Someone holler if they see a direct link on the team’s web site. Someone also holler if there are players who are not included in the video – I did not do a full tally to see who was/was not.)   Who is the cutest baby Canes player? (pick up to 3) (Ordered by position first F-D-G then alphabetically) Sebastian Aho Bryan Bickell Elias Lindholm Jay McClement Brock McGinn Derek Ryan Jeff Skinner Jordan Staal Viktor Stalberg Lee Stempniak Teuvo Teravainen Justin Faulk Noah Hanifin Brett Pesce Jaccob Slavin Eddie Lack Michael Leighton Cam Ward View Results  Loading ...     Go... read more

Gm45 Vs. Pit: Canes lose flushable effort against Penguins

For the second consecutive game, the greatest positive from a Hurricanes standpoint was that regardless of how bad it is, a game can only count for 1 loss.   Recap of Hurricanes 7-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins For anyone who checked in late or only caught the score, it might be hard to believe but the Hurricanes actually had a tremendous start. Through 6-7 minutes of hockey the Hurricanes absolutely dominated play during a stretch to match just about any they have played this season. The Hurricanes were relentless on the forecheck and chasing down loose pucks such that the ice was tilted into the Hurricanes offensive zone. But Murray held the fort early and the Penguins managed to gradually match speed and intensity and get their feet under them. After seeing how the game ended up, one has to wonder if the game would have played out differently if the Hurricanes were rewarded with a goal early. At the point when Trevor Daley fired a shot past Cam Ward from just above the face-off circles after a lackadaisical turnover when Teuvo Teravainen tried unsuccessfully to flip the puck out of his own end from deep in his own zone. Despite the goal against and the 1-0 deficit, the Hurricanes exited the first period certainly still in the hockey game. By about the midway point of the second period, the Hurricanes were no longer in the hockey game and came completely unraveled along the way. Cam Ward had trouble with rebound control and had multiple times when he had trouble even figuring out where the rebound went and... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm46 @Clu: Canes try to bounce back in Columbus

Only 5 days ago, the Hurricanes were heading on the road on the back of a feel good 4-game home winning streak. Before Tuesday’s road game, I wrote an ominous post entitled “Readying for the road – Are fun wins hiding a growing problem on defense?” Little did I know that I was foretelling doom for the first 2 games of the week. Only 4 days ago, the Hurricanes had a rough night losing 4-1 in Columbus. Little did Canes fans know at the time that the loss would actually be by far the better of 2 outings before Saturday’s return to Columbus. The Hurricanes are coming off an ugly 7-1 loss to the Penguins that saw the team actually start well but not get rewarded. The Penguins grew stronger. The Canes faded a bit and completely unraveled in the second half of the game. The ugliness included Ward struggling with rebound control and inability to track/find the puck. The ugliness also included loose play defensively and in terms of execution handling the puck in their own end. And finally, the game included 3 frustration penalties from veterans (2 from Skinner and 1 from Ward). I think it is fair to say that adversity has reached its highest level for the 2016-17 season.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Hurricanes against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday’s game is 1 where it is not so much about tactical adjustments as it is about seeing how the team responds to Friday’s events, and that features heavily in what I will be watching on Saturday evening. 1) How do the leaders respond? The... read more

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January 23, 2017 at 5:52pm
@mikemaniscalco Makes sense. Guys going to get last 1 for the dads?
January 23, 2017 at 5:39pm
@mikemaniscalco Do you view Teravainen in C4 slot as promotion (back in lineup where Peters could fit him), demotion (on 4th line) or both?
January 23, 2017 at 4:32pm
@JapersRink In name of old Southeast Division camaraderie, we need #Caps to stand down tonight & take an L or at minimum give #Canes an OTL.
January 23, 2017 at 2:12pm
Great opportunity for exercise, skill/character building & HOCKEY for young kids to stay active during the winter doldrums.
January 23, 2017 at 1:55pm
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