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‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm32 Vs. Ari: Canes try to stop bleeding against the Coyotes

Canes fans who attended (or watched on television) Friday’s game against the Washington Capitals encountered yet another variety of disappointing. After storming out to a 4-1 lead early in the second period, Canes fans then had to witness the team give up three goals before the period was up to blow the lead and then a disheartening overtime and shootout before losing. As I said in my game recap, picking up a point against the Stanley Cup champions is actually not a horrible outcome, but the context around it makes it feel so. Next up is a Sunday matinee against the Arizona Coyotes. After three consecutive losses this week to start a home-heavy stretch of schedule, the Hurricanes enter the game really just needing any kind of win. My watch points for Sunday’s game follow…   ‘What I’m watching’ for the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Arizona Coyotes 1) More of the same in the first period After consecutive lackluster first periods in losses, the Hurricanes successfully found the ignition switch when the puck dropped for the opening face-off on Friday. That part of Friday’s game is definitely worth keeping. With the odd start time and the current negative trend, I will be watching on Sunday to see if the Hurricanes can muster another strong start to get off on the right foot.   2) Young leadership Despite the outcome, Sebastian Aho had a huge game on Friday with four points. Jaccob Slavin also played incredibly well. The team needs leadership and strong efforts from many, but I think the next leg up will be led by the young guns.... read more

Gm31 Vs. Was: Canes claim only OTL point in disappointing shootout loss to the Capitals

If you can put aside the context leading up to the game and some of the details within the game, capturing an OTL point with your #3 goalie in net against a Stanley Cup champion that came in playing well is a decent even if imperfect result. But context does matter. The fact that the Hurricanes came in with two straight losses and needing a win cannot be ignored. And the fact that the Hurricanes had a 4-1 lead in the middle of the game and let it get away in a hurry does matter. And the fact that the Hurricanes are still stuck at hockey .500 also matters. Addressing the first point in my game preview, unlike the other two losses this week, the Hurricanes arrived on time to play a strong first period. Jordan Martinook was actually most noticeable to me early on even if he was only Robin to Aho’s Batman. Martinook scored on the first shift when he gloved down a pass and quickly put it behind Braden Holtby to get the Hurricanes off to a good start. Next the Alexander Ovechkin show kicked off when he beat a drifting Scott Darling from his spot right at the left face-off circle. Next Teravainen made a good play when Washington bobbled a puck on the power play. He got it to Aho for a breakaway who went to his patented move making a subtle shift toward his backhand and then exploiting the goalie’s five hole he had opened up. The Hurricanes would be rewarded for their stronger start with a 2-1 lead. Then in the second... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm31 Vs. Was: Canes again try to right the ship versus Cup champ Capitals

Earlier this week, my Daily Cup of Joe suggested that the upcoming stretch of six games with five of those at home could be ‘pivotal’ for the Canes 2018-19 season.itI followed up by harping on the same in my game preview for Tuesday’s match up against the Leafs to kick off the six-game run. With two losses since then, the articles now read like a prediction of possible impending doom. Tonight in Raleigh, the Hurricanes get another chance to try to get the train back on the tracks. The task has become an all too familiar one over the past few weeks with the team struggling to at least tread water and not go under. The opponent is another challenging on in the defending champion Washington Capitals. After a mediocre start the Capitals have risen to the top of the Metropolitan Division led by a massive scoring surge by Alexander Ovechkin. The 2018-19 totals are so much that people are talking about what it takes for Ovechkin to catch and overtake Wayne Gretzky. The team in total comes in having won 10 out of its last 12. But the focus for the Hurricanes needs to be inward right now. Justin Williams used the term ‘middling’ after the disappointing home loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Right now, it feels like a reach for this team just to keep its head above water, and maybe right now that needs to be the goal. Certainly, the team will need to find a winning streak at some point, but mid-December has been very much about not drowning. With Staal out and... read more

The elephant in the room — The recent negative Carolina Hurricanes effect

Early on during the Hurricanes current playoff drought, the team saw a number of regular roster players and allegedly promising prospects leave the Hurricanes and then proceed to wind their way out of the NHL within a few years. Players like Jay Harrison, Nathan Gerbe, Patrick Dwyer, Chad LaRose, Alexander Semin, Jiri Tlusty, Tim Gleason and others play regular roles on the Hurricanes and then shortly thereafter find themselves out of the NHL. In addition, once promising prospects like Zach Boychuk, Chris Terry, Zac Dalpe, Ryan Murphy and others left and were unable to stick at the NHL level with other teams. Given that the Hurricanes were struggling in the standings, it was not surprising that players who could make the Hurricanes roster were not good enough elsewhere. But in recent years a different roster phenomenon has occurred. Players who were struggling with the Hurricanes have thrived elsewhere. And players who were thriving elsewhere have struggled with the Carolina Hurricanes. Prior to this year, the team had seen Eric Staal whose scoring had fallen to meager depth scoring levels rebound to score 42 goals and rejuvenate his career in Minnesota. And the team had also seen Eddie Lack and Scott Darling coming off of strong previous seasons make the jump to North Carolina and then flop spectacularly. But with the significant changeover of higher-end prospects and players this past summer, the results are even more spectacular. Micheal Ferland and Jordan Martinook have fared well in a Hurricanes uniform, but Dougie Hamilton has struggled thus far generating a mixed review in total. But what is most glaring is how spectacular... read more

Gm30 @Mon: Canes stumble again in 6-4 loss to the Canadiens

In what could easily be considered a four-point game against a Montreal Canadiens team that entered the game sitting in the final wild card slot, the Hurricanes failed to launch out of the gate for the second consecutive game. A sluggish and sloppy Hurricanes team played the first period either on its heels, a step slow or chasing the puck. They mustered two grade C chances on a power play midway through the period but did not pick up their first even strength shot on goal until past ten minutes into the game. The team was not so much horrible as just lacking jump and any semblance of crispness. Petr Mrazek had answers early and enabled the Hurricanes to escape the first period with a scoreless tie despite being outplayed and out-shot 12 to 4. Between periods the Hurricanes at least seemed to wake up and arrive at the game. The back and forth second period saw an increase in scoring chances with the Hurricanes actually getting some of them unlike the first period. Andrei Svechnikov scored first on a great individual effort. First, he blew by Shea Weber to the outside. Then he cut back at a tough angle to skate right across the top the of the crease and finish with a pretty backhand. And just like that the Hurricanes took the first lead in the game despite not deserving. But unfortunately the hockey gods would step in to rectify the situation. At that point, the game turned on some sloppy play with the puck on Canes’ sticks in their own end. First, Haydn Fleury played the... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm30 @Mon: Canes seek rebound against Canadiens team also battling for last playoff spots

For my Daily Cup of Joe on Tuesday, I wrote about the significance of the Hurricanes upcoming stretch of five out of six games at home in the bigger picture for the 2018-19 season. The team proceeded to lay an egg in the first game admittedly against a tough opponent in the Toronto Maple Leafs. If you believe that my assertion on the importance of this stretch of schedule, then Thursday’s match up against the Montreal Canadiens takes on even more importance after an 0-1 start. Further, though the current standings might suggest differently, I would say that the Canadiens who sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference are the most vulnerable team that that Canes are chasing. (I think the Pens continue their rise and that the trio of Caps, Jackets and Pens become harder to catch than the last wild card team which is currently Montreal.) So in my book, Thursday’s game carries more weight than a run of the mill December weekday game. On the other side of the ledger, the Canadiens come in as a bit of a surprise early on. As noted above, the team currently sits in a playoff spot and oddly that is without goalie Carey Price firing on all cylinders. Montreal comes into the game after a 7-1 drubbing by Minnesota but has generally been playing well with three wins prior to that. Here are my watch points for Thursday’s game…   ‘What I’m watching’ or the Carolina Hurricanes versus the Montreal Canadiens 1) A rebound/response Tuesday’s loss was not the good kind of loss. The... read more

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