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Five current positives for the Carolina Hurricanes

First and foremost, Canes and Coffee would like to extend a big thank to all of the veterans in our community. Happy Veterans Day (belated since we did not post anything on Sunday), and thank you for all that you have done to protect our freedom!   After running out to a 3-1 lead after two periods and getting back to piling on shot after shot, the Hurricanes seemed to be on their way to a win to kick off the six-game home stand. So when things went awry in the third period, and the team ultimately lost in overtime, the game felt like a kick in the shins and flipped the mood for many back to negative. By no means do I think I should be able to tell people who they fell about their favorite hockey team and by no means do I think all is rosy right now. One need only read back through about a week of Daily Cup of Joe articles to arrive at the conclusion that my writing is balanced or maybe lately just bipolar. But at the same time that I have my share of reservations about the current state of the Carolina Hurricanes, I think it is also important to also recognize positives. So starting off a fresh week on a game day, here is a short list of current positives for the Carolina Hurricanes (in no particular order).   1) Martinook/Wallmark/Svechnikov This line continues to play well. The trio is very good on the forecheck right now with Martinook leading the way and has also done a decent job of... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm18 Vs. Chi: Canes face off against Blackhawks in Cam Ward’s return

In addition to the usual ongoing 82-game battle to try to push back up into the playoffs, the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 schedule will feature a number of homecomings for former fan favorites. With the departure of long-time favorites Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner and also younger starts Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin, the schedule is checkered with players returning to Raleigh as an opponent for the first time. The first of these games is arguably the biggest with Cam Ward’s return on Monday in a Blackhawks uniform. Cam Ward is nothing short of being a franchise icon. He was a key part in the pinnacle of the Carolina Hurricanes’ history and was one of the leaders in the era that followed. He has been both part of some of the highest highs and also right there with the Canes hockey community during some of the lowest of lows. But more than anything, Ward was always a class act, a good person and most certainly someone who I was always proud to have as part of our hockey community. History aside, the game is also a big one in the here and now. After beating the same Blackhawks to salvage as much as possible from a tough 1-2-1 road trip, the Hurricanes started a six-game home stand on Saturday against the Red Wings. After jump out to a lead and seemingly having two points in hand, the Hurricanes sagged in the third and ultimately lost in overtime, giving up a point in the process. That result makes Monday’s game even more critical in terms of capitalizing on home ice and... read more

Gm17 Vs. Det: Canes stumble late and convert lead into only an OTL point versus Detroit

Sometimes when a team picks up a point in an overtime loss, they more or less stole or earned a point in the standings. Other times, the losing team gave up a point to get one instead of two. After carrying a 3-1 lead into the third period against a Detroit team that played and traveled last night, the Hurricanes overtime loss on Saturday night to kick off a six-game home stand was clearly the latter. The game was fairly evenly played early on with a reasonable volume of shots in both directions. The Red Wings climbed onto the scoreboard first, when Andreas Anathasiou fired an unscreened one-timer through a leaky Scott Darling from the top of the face-off circle. From that distance and with no screen or traffic, a goalie should not be beaten right through the wickets. But the Hurricanes struck back when Brock McGinn outworked two Wings behind the goal and then later finished when a Haydn Fleury shot pin balled right to him. The back and forth first period finished with the Hurricanes posting an 18 to 14 advantage in shots on net and with a 1-1 score. In the second period, the Hurricanes put the pedal down. The Hurricanes drew two penalties early in the second period, peppered Detroit netminder Jonathan Bernier with shot after shot on the way to a 19 to 7 shot advantage in the period and were ultimately rewarded for their dominant play. First, Micheal Ferland finished from in front of the crease on the power play, and then Sebastian Aho and Teravainen again offered the assists on a goal... read more

‘What I’m Watching’ — Gm17 Vs. Det: Critical home stretch begins versus the Detroit Red Wings

After wrapping up a challenging road trip with a much-needed win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday, the Hurricanes next begin a critical stretch of home hockey. The 1-2-1 mark over the four-game road trip is not good enough, nor is the current 7-7-1 record in terms of chasing a return to playoff hockey. And the trend after a stellar 4-0-1 start continues to be negative. But the team does deserve some credit for scratching and clawing to salvage three points in a 1-2-1 road trip. And only 16 games into the season, by no means is anything decided. And that is what makes the next stretch of games critical. The Hurricanes now play six straight games at home. Four of those six games are against teams currently in the bottom third of the league. To push up into the playoffs will require the team to find some stretches where they reel off wins (and ideally next time not proceed to quickly give up that progress). By no means will the season be decided when the Hurricanes emerge from this home stand still in November, but in terms of charting a different course from recent years, I really believe this next stretch is more critical than many might realize. The game is against a Detroit team that has rebounded a bit from a slow start but still sits near the bottom of the Atlantic Division at 6-8-2. The Wings won in overtime last night against the Rangers and have been hot in winning five out of their last six games.   Against that back drop, here are my watch points... read more

A quick tour of Carolina Hurricanes numbers through 16 games

Just under 20 percent of the way through the 2018-19 season already, today’s Daily Cup of Joe takes a quick look at some statistics and numbers for the first 16 games.   Full on roller coaster in effect Through only 16 games, the the Caniac Nation has already experienced high highs and low lows. The team already has a five-game point streak to its credit starting the season. When paired with the 5-0-1 preseason, Canes fans had a stretch of 11 games without a regulation loss. But at the other end of the spectrum the team has also suffered a five-game losing streak already too with only a single overtime loss point mixed in.   Unpeeling the layers of defense One could draw any one of multiple conclusions from looking at the Hurricanes defense. Average in terms of goals allows The Hurricanes are tied for 15th in terms of goals allowed. That is right at the median and a modest improvement over the 2017-18 season. A tale of two opposites – shorthanded versus even strength But the average is actually an odd cocktail of atrocious on special teams and incredibly good at even strength. The Hurricanes much-maligned penalty kill is 29th in the NHL and the team’s 16 power play goals (one per game…Ouch!) rank second worst behind only Philadelphia. At even strength, the Hurricanes have dropped a bit during the recent losing streak but still land in a respectable 9th place. Goalies versus defensemen Another interesting split is considering goalie statistics versus shots allowed and to some degree charged to the defensemen. On the one hand, the Hurricanes... read more

Gm16 @Chi: Canes salvage 4-3 win to close out road trip in Chicago

With the Hurricanes arriving with a five-game losing streak and desperately needing a win, Tuesday’s game played out almost exactly the opposite of most recent games which also meant a win. The Hurricanes capitalized on an opponent that had a weak first period to the tune of three goals and the proceeded to over-rely on goaltending and holding on after that. After running out to a 4-0 lead in the front part of the second period, the Hurricanes gave up two quick goals and then faced down waves of Blackhawk challenges after that with Darling playing a key role. Darling’s three goals against will not stand out as spectacular on the score sheet, but he made saves when the team needed them and in the process played a key role in making sure an early lead was converted to a win instead of a deflating loss. For a team and a fan base that has witnessed how hard the game of hockey can seem at times, the first period was a reminder that the reverse can also be true. The Hurricanes played a decent but not necessarily spectacular first period, but when the chance to score presented itself the Hurricanes finished. First, Andrei Svechnikov swooped a a loose rebound into the net. Then Jaccob Slavin intelligently sensed opportunity and jumped up from the blue line on the power play to finish another loose puck. Then finally lost coverage in front of the net saw Brock McGinn with the puck and time and space in between the circles. When he moved the puck to Phil Di Giuseppe, he had open... read more

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  • ctcaniac: tj. I agree that Svechnikov will likely get 20 if he gets reasonable minutes. Though I would still [...]
  • raleightj: 1. Svech is only going to get better this season and I think he will learn how to finish as the [...]
  • ctcaniac: 1) While Foegele is not an "offense-first" forward, he is, in fact, a streaky scorer. Last year in [...]
  • ctcaniac: In response to Matt's comments about Teravainen and Aho. On a team that is on track to set the [...]
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November 14, 2018 at 1:59pm
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November 13, 2018 at 10:35pm
@JayDeadbolt Not saying you trade an NHLer specifically to make room for a prospect, but if Faulk is traded it could improve chances of signing Fox next summer.
November 13, 2018 at 10:33pm
@skinnedjeffrey Agree we need more offense, but not willing to overpay in $ and potentially trade value to upgrade.
November 13, 2018 at 10:24pm
@JayDeadbolt My angle comes from the standpoint that (though he has been better this season thus far) I do not think organization considers Faulk part of the long-term plan.

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