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‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm58 Vs. Edm: Canes aim to continue winning ways against Connor McDavid in 1st of 3 at home

After a successful 4-1 road trip, the Carolina Hurricanes return home for home cooking and a quick burst of three home games in five days. Right now, the the Hurricanes are still three points out of a playoff spot, but the trajectory is unmistakably positive. But as detailed in today’s Daily Cup of Joe, the team is also entering a point in the season that has been unkind in three consecutive years. In the past, the team has been able to play its up to the edge of the playoff chase, but it has repeatedly been unable to sustain a push and break through the ceiling. In addition, over the past three seasons, the Hurricanes have an abysmal 2-11-2 record in the five games leading up to the NHL trade deadline. So with a positive trajectory but also facing past ghosts, the Hurricanes start a critical stretch in the second half of February against the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers come in struggling. The team has already lost a coach and a general manager this season but has not really received a bounce from either move. Because the Western Conference is so much weaker, the Oilers are not completely eliminated from playoff contention, but there 24-27-5 record and losses in eight of their last nine games have the Oilers trending in the opposite direction of the Hurricanes. This is a game the Hurricanes need to seize. My watch points follow.   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Edmonton Oilers 1) Playing the role of the aggressor Playing a struggling team at home after two days off, the... read more

Can the next 10 days mark a turning point in Hurricanes hockey history?

The honeymoon from January through April of 2018 The change in ownership last January ushered in a new era in Carolina Hurricanes hockey. The change was not just lip service as February kicked off with some generous and somewhat controversial ticket promotions. Then after the season concluded the changeover organizationally was even more striking. Before season ended Ron Francis was sent to some random mail room job initially and then ousted altogether a bit later. But on the ice and in the standings nothing changed instantly when Dundon took over. The team still entered January with a deficit. The team still pushed a bit to nearly climb back into in February before floundering and withdrawing from the playoff hunt. Then from life support, the team rose up in March for its usual ‘too little too late’ push. So though there were some fast changes and reasons for hope, the trajectory of last January through April were painfully familiar to Canes fans who had tracked the team in years prior.   Fast out of the gate for the new era with Rod Brind’Amour Once the season ended, out was Bill Peters and in was rookie head coach Rod Brind’Amour. Long-time star Jeff Skinner was jettisoned for only prospects. Justin Williams was named the new captain. And the roster changeover was pretty significant. And preseason yielded a first glimpse and a tremendous one at that of what this new era of Hurricanes hockey was supposed to look like under Rod Brind’Amour. The team stormed through preseason taking no prisoners and playing a suffocating brand of hockey with a forecheck on steroids... read more

The case for trading Justin Faulk

Two seasons ago, I was early in noticing that Justin Faulk’s level of play defensively had fallen off. Initially, the decline in his play was overshadowed by this scoring and to some degree the fact that his trajectory was supposed to be that of a up and coming young defenseman. With his contract due to end after the 2019-20 season and the off-season addition of two veteran defensemen, I predicted that Faulk would be traded this summer as part of a series of moves to revamp the roster. All indications are that the team tried to do exactly that. Faulk was a regular in the rumor mill all summer and seemingly was spared only because there was not a good return to be had. Faulk started the 2018-19 season in his familiar position in a top 4 defense role except with a new partner in newly-acquired Calvin de Haan. Be it due to help from de Haan or due to Faulk just playing at a higher level, Faulk has rebounded nicely in 2018-19. His scoring has been modest, but significantly his defensive play has improved significantly such that he is back to being a legitimate top 4 defenseman. Faulk’s improvement could swing someone one of two ways. First, one’s inclination could be not to trade Faulk now that he is playing well. But in my opinion, I think Faulk’s elevated play just represents the perfect opportunity to sell high on Faulk, relatively speaking at least. Why I think this is the case is the subject of today’s Daily Cup of Joe.   Justin Faulk’s contract situation Faulk is scheduled... read more

Checking In by Brandon Stanley: Checkers Struggles Continue Post-All-Star Break — 1/28 – 2/10

After getting back in the win column following its first three-game losing streak of the 2018-19 season heading into the short All-star break, the Checkers had a rough six game stretch over the last two weeks. Luckily for me, that makes for a bit less content that needs to be covered, and I can make up for getting behind on this series 😀 – Apologies for this, by the way, but my own hockey season is wrapping up in the next couple weeks (we just finished off a 21-0-0 regular season, 22-0 if you count Clemson’s forfeit last weekend, and we have the #1 seed in the ACCHL conference tournament this weekend in Winston-Salem. If anyone is looking for a little more local hockey to check out, it should be a lot of fun. First game is 3:00 on Friday. Go Wolfpack!) and at that point I’ll have a lot less on my plate and can get back into a deep dive into what’s happening in the system. But I’ll get you all caught up here on the last two weeks, just hitting the major points for longevity’s sake. Instead of giving takeaways from each game individually, we’ll start with a few overall takeaways and then get into recaps of the games.   Alex Nedeljkovic Even through the team’s recent struggles, the young goalie continues to play at as high of a level as he has since turning pro. He was named the AHL’s goalie of the month for January, going 6-0-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and save percentage of .937. Add in a rock-solid NHL debut in... read more

Canes quick hitters — Micheal Ferland, Dougie Hamilton and Curtis McElhinney

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a short set of quick hitters.   Micheal Ferland I completely understand the potential trade value of Micheal Ferland and am even on record as being okay with the team trading Ferland at the trade deadline if the return is high enough. But at the same time, he continues to impress. Ferland started fast with Aho/Teravainen and admittedly has not been as impressive since his short layoff with a concussion. But he possesses a unique/difficult to find skill set. He plays an old school, heavy game but importantly does it in the form of a player who can skate the pace of today’s NHL game, and he does it in the form of a player who has enough skill to be a strong complementary scorer on a first or second line. Finally, when appropriate he brings a nastiness and ability to stand up for team mates that still has a small but important place in today’s NHL. By no means is Ferland irreplaceable, but it would literally take a couple different players each filling pieces of Ferland’s role to do so. It will be interesting to see how his contract situation works out. I still do not like the risk/return metrics for a long-term deal for maximum dollar for Ferland, but increasingly I hope that the Hurricanes and Ferland can find some middle ground and keep him in the fold.   Dougie Hamilton His scoring run that has him in double digits for goals has coincided with the Hurricanes starting to win more games. What stands out about Hamilton is how much he... read more

Gm57 @Ott: 3rd period power play surge converts sluggish game to road trip-ending win in Ottawa

Through two periods, the Hurricanes seemed to be on their way to another lackluster outing against a team in last place in its division. And when the Senators scored first late in the first period, the game eerily reminded me of the loss to New Jersey. The Hurricanes seemed to have decent jump out of the gate, but they just were not great due to some sloppy play and issues managing the puck. The second period was mostly more of the same. When an Ottawa goal was waved off, one had to wonder if the Hurricanes would ever get on the scoreboard and back into the game. Ottawa seemed to get the upper hand with still too many errors in the neutral zone. And just like the first period, it ended with the opponent still leading 1-0. Then it happened. A magical third period kicked off with Micheal Ferland burying a pretty pass from Dougie Hamilton to tie the game at 1-1. Then a quick succession of power play goals would forge the way toward a win. First, Ferland found Williams to knot the game at 1-1. Then a pretty Nino Niederreiter pass to Teuvo Teravainen netted a goal, and Ferland fed Teravainen for another goal. Suddenly, the Hurricanes had run out to a two goal lead on their way to a 4-1 win.   Player and other notes 1) Micheal Ferland He was the game’s first star in my book. He made the backdoor finish look easy on Hamilton’s pass to get the Hurricanes into the game at 1-1. Hamilton deserves a ton of credit for somehow getting... read more

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February 17, 2019 at 1:39am
#Canes hockey culture is founded upon doing it our own way. It started with the tailgating tradition 20 years ago. The trademark of "doing it our own way" for this next rising of @NHLCanes hockey is the Storm Surge. #TakeWarning
February 17, 2019 at 12:55am
Petr Mrazek leads #TakeWarning to 3-0 win over #GoStars and up into playoff position. Post is open for reader comments. Recap/notes will follow a bit later=>
February 17, 2019 at 12:40am
@CanesBear #Canes hockey culture is founded on doing things our own way. It started with the tailgating way back in early 2000s. The 'our way' for what I call the team's 3rd rising will be the Storm Surge.
February 17, 2019 at 12:36am
Hey y'all...We are in a playoff spot on February 16. #TakeWarning
February 16, 2019 at 5:19pm
#LetsGoPens lost. #Canes move into playoff position with a win tonight.

Let's blow the roof off of @PNCArena tonight Caniacs!
February 16, 2019 at 5:10pm
@andrewdoss Completely agree except that I do not think it is a long shot. Things can change, but right now #Canes are playing better than the teams they are chasing.

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