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The Carolina Hurricanes versus New York Rangers series

With a day to let the abrupt and disappointing ending to the 2021-22 Carolina Hurricanes season settle in, today begins the off-season journey both looking back at the previous season and considering moves to build the 2022-23 season. Tentative plan is to alternate back and forth between looking back at the 2021-22 season and considering how best to A good starting point is considering how it ended with the loss to the New York Rangers.   If I had to boil it down to a couple key factors, it would be the following: Summing it up – Fatal flaws 1) Rangers’ goalie advantage After that not so much being the case in a very up and down first round series versus the Penguins, Igor Shesterkin was very good against the Hurricanes. With the power of hindsight now in hand, I think the key game of the series was actually game 4 not game 7. After the Canes were part lucky and part good winning two low-scoring coin flips in Raleigh to start the series, they needed only one win in New York to return up 3-1 and in control of the series. After a ‘meh’ effort and deserved loss in game 3, in game 4 the Canes were decent defensively on the road, received solid netminding from Raanta and generally controlled play. The Canes peppered Shesterkin with 44 shots on net and generally did a decent job of getting traffic to the crease. But despite probably deserving better, Niederreiter’s goal at about the midway point pulled the Canes only within a goal at 2-1. Even with a decent number... read more

Rd2 Gm7 Vs. NYR: Familiar flaws dig early hole and Canes break couple good streaks losing 6-2 to the Rangers

Like everyone else, I am spent after a disappointing ending to the 2021-22 Carolina Hurricanes hockey series. And writing a ‘blah’ game recap seems poorly-timed right now in addition to being no fun. Within the next few days, I will write up some more detailed thoughts on the season, but right now is just a few random thoughts… First, I think that losing in the second round rates ‘disappointing’ at best. That in itself says a lot about how far the Canes have come in four years since the ownership change and Rod Brind’Amour assuming head coaching duties. With four consecutive playoff appearances, the players and fans obviously wanted more. But those with a bit longer memory know that entering the season with the expectation that the team will enter the playoffs and achieving that four years in a row is a massive step up from the decade of struggles. tldr…This team is in a much better place than it was only a few years ago. Though a key reason for the Canes struggles in both playoff series was the sub-par performance part-time (mostly on the road) or even full-time for a few of the key players offensively, I still like the young core of the team. The talent and skill is there and the players like Aho, Svechnikov, Jarvis and Teravainen at forward play the game the right way, work hard and are coachable. Getting stuck at about this point before eventually pushing over the hump is not uncommon. Some forget that the Lightning were swept in the first round after winning the President’s Trophy by a wide... read more

Game 7 !!!

First and foremost today is to recognize and appreciate the ultimate sacrifice made by those who gave their lives serving our country.   A good place to be on Memorial Day There are no guarantees in an NHL playoff series game 7. In a game where a couple scores can win a game, a couple bounces early in the game can chart a course toward the ultimate outcome. But with the disclaimer of  ‘no guarantees/anything can happen, one has to like where the Canes are right now. As I said on Twitter on Sunday: It is an absolutely tremendous day to be a @Canes fan. Team has won EACH AND EVERY home playoff game for 7 fun wins and has another game 7 AT HOME. Said game 7 is on Memorial Day perfect for peak playoff tailgating. Rest up today Caniac friends. Tomorrow is going to be epic! — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) May 29, 2022 For Canes fans that lived through and remember the decade-long playoff drought, where the team is right now is even better.   What does it take for the Canes to win? 1) Continued stinginess defensively With the margin for error tiny at this juncture of the series, Jordan Staal’s line needs to put forward another nearly perfect home effort. That line’s job is to shut down the other team’s top scoring line.  And Antti Raanta who struggled on Saturday needs to rebound and play as he has throughout the playoffs. With those things clicking, the Canes have yet to give up three goals through seven home playoff games and have given up two... read more

Rd2 Gm6 @NYR: Raanta and 3rd D pairing struggles doom Canes in 5-2 loss and set up another game 7

Though the goal totals were high in a couple of the other road losses, Raanta has actually been decent or better in the Canes road losses leading up to game 6. That was not the case on Saturday night, and he was gone early in the second period because of it. With the Canes mostly carrying play and with an 8 to 2 shots on goal advantage, Raanta had a seemingly harmless shot from a ways out go right through him to stake the Rangers to a 1-0 lead. Then shortly thereafter, he got worked like a rookie by Mika Zibanejad for another goal right through the five hold. Off the rush, Zibanejad paused and kept carrying past the point where it made most sense to take a shot for a decent shooting angle. Then right when Raanta seemed to give up on the shot and start getting ready to push off the post to meet Zibanejad on the other side after he circled the net, Zibanejad instead surprised Raanta with a shot that went right through him. Then he was beaten short side off the rush. Raanta has been incredibly good and pretty consistent even on the road thus far. I would come right back to him with confidence and without hesitation for game 7. Hidden behind Raanta’s struggles was a possibly even more brutal night for the third defense pairing of Brendan Smith and Ian Cole. The second Rangers goal came on a power play opportunity created when Brendan Smith took an offensive zone penalty. The second Rangers goal came when Smith and Cole gave up not... read more

Rd2 Gm5 Vs. NYR: Canes continue road mastery with 3-1 win over Rangers and push series to potential elimination game

The home versus road roller coaster continued for the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night back at PNC Arena in Raleigh. As much as the two losses in New York suggested that the Canes have issues playing away from home, Thursday reinforced the fact that the opposite is true at home. The Hurricanes started the game playing even or better in terms of puck possession and offensive zone time. But an unnecessary offensive zone penalty by Andrei Svechnikov nearly midway through the first period had the potential to derail a good start. But after a strong penalty kill, things got even better in the waning seconds of the penalty kill when Jordan Staal and Vincent Trocheck hopped out to a 2-on-1 rush while shorthanded. Staal fed Trocheck who skillfully managed to finish a pass on a bounce to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. But another unnecessary penalty by Ian Cole in the neutral zone gave the Rangers a second chance on the power play. (No doubt Trouba flopped dramatically, but Cole offering even a small crosscheck took an unnecessary risk that cost the Canes.) Shortly into the power play Mika Zibanejad ripped a shot by Raanta to tie the game at 1-1. The Canes maybe deserved better in the first period, but Shesterkin made a couple great saves and the special teams deficit evened the game. But the Canes level of play ramped as the game went on. The second period was easily one of the team’s best of the playoffs. The Canes netted only a single goal on a Teuvo Teravainen power play snipe on a Seth Jarvis... read more

Random thoughts heading into game 5 of the Carolina Hurricanes versus the New York Rangers

At this point, we all know the drill about the home/away matchup game. Back in Raleigh on Thursday, Brind’Amour is right back to matching Niederreiter/Staal/Fast against the Rangers top scoring line which figures to include Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. Artemi Panarin figures to still be on another line to get him away from Staal’s line and balance the Rangers scoring leaders on the road. So I will skip another rundown of what we have been seeing for awhile now and instead offer a collection of random thoughts heading into game 5…   1) Will the Rangers open things up a bit more in Raleigh It will be interesting to see if the Rangers open things up a bit more in Raleigh (if not losing and trying to play catch up). In the first two games, the Rangers played a very conservative brand of hockey. I think they mostly got the results they wanted in terms of staying in the game, hoping their goalie was as good or better and looking for that one bounce or goal steal a road win. The plan worked well except yielding that one more goal to win a game. With the ability to dictate match ups more at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers opened things up a bit more and benefited. So for game 5, does Gallant go by the results (two wins in New York) from a bit more open game? Or does he revert back to the same road hockey that got his team close but did not yield results in game 1 and 2?   2) Whoever scores first in... read more

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