Coffee Shop polls: Build the Hurricanes forward lines (polls and discussion)

Coffee Shop polls: Build the Hurricanes forward lines (polls and discussion)

With the start of training camp upon us, we will dust off The Coffee Shop category and given everyone a chance to build out the Hurricanes 2019-20 forward lines. To keep there from being too many variations, the starting point is assuming that Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark start the season at center. If injuries do not disrupt things, I think that is highly likely to hold true. The Hurricanes do have a couple other options at center, but I view Aho, Staal and Wallmark as locks and Haula as the preferred choice for the other slot. So with no further ado, who plays where come opening night? Polls are below, but even better would be to hear everyone’s reasoning in the comments for why they would build the lines as they would.   Who will play on Sebastian Aho's wings? Clark Bishop Ryan Dzingel Warren Foegele Saku Maenalanen (unsigned) Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen One of the AHL young guns rising up View Results  Loading ...   Who will play on Jordan Staal's wings? Clark Bishop Ryan Dzingel Warren Foegele Saku Maenalanen (unsigned) Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen One of the AHL young guns rising up View Results  Loading ...   Who will play on Erik Haula's wings? Clark Bishop Ryan Dzingel Warren Foegele Saku Maenalanen (unsigned) Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen One of the AHL young guns rising up View Results  Loading ...   Who will play on Lucas Wallmark's wings? Clark...
The script for Thursday night

The script for Thursday night

The task at hand for the Carolina Hurricanes is to win a single hockey game and then go from there. That ask is not that outlandish. The Hurricanes have been a great hockey team on home ice throughout the playoffs and the team’s first loss at PNC Arena on Tuesday was actually not that far off base on a night when the team arguably deserved better. So asking for and receiving a win on Thursday is well within the realm of possibilities. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe writes the script for that win.   Repeat of the start The start really needs to be no different than Tuesday’s. The Hurricanes had an 11-1 shots on goal advantage when Justin Williams and Torey Krug went off the ice with matching penalties, changed the flow of the game a bit and offered a small amount of relief for the Bruins. So in terms of intensity level, pace and just about everything else, the team is simply looking for a repeat of Tuesday without offering the Bruins breathing room by taking penalties.   …But with finishing The difference in Tuesday’s game was the fact that the Hurricanes were unable to convert pretty much a full period of sheer dominance into anything on the scoreboard. The Hurricanes simply missed the net multiple times with Teravainen’s miss 18 seconds in and Svechnikov’s back door miss being the most notable. Tuukka Rask, who was also incredibly good on a number of shots, was also flat out lucky on multiple occasions. Justin Williams nicked the cross bar. Rask had one shot through a screen that he...
‘What I’m watching’ — Rd1 Gm3 Vs. Was: NHL playoff hockey returns to PNC Arena with Canes seeking win to climb into series versus Caps

‘What I’m watching’ — Rd1 Gm3 Vs. Was: NHL playoff hockey returns to PNC Arena with Canes seeking win to climb into series versus Caps

After two mixed but decent efforts with no results in Washington, D.C. the Carolina Hurricanes return home to PNC Arena for the team’s first home playoff game in a decade. The situation in total is absolutely glorious. Regardless of how the 2018-19 season ends, the team is very clearly rising right now with a fun season that will many years from now be talked about as the “Bunch of Jerks” season. After a monsoon of a weekend, the weather is clearing for weather that will be perfect for as many hours of tailgating as people want to take in. At 6:30pm, what should be a rousing pregame will begin. And at about 7:07pm, the puck will drop for a playoff game in Raleigh, North Carolina. WHAT A DAY TO BE A CAROLINA HURRICANES HOCKEY FAN! On the ice, the Hurricanes face the normal process of trying to keep a decent amount of good from the first two games and at the same time make a couple adjustments to improve. Despite the 0-2 deficit, the margin in terms of victory versus defeat was small in the first two games. Even with early deficits to overcome, the Hurricanes played the Caps to a 6-5 score in 120 minutes of regulation not counting the empty-netter. One or two more heroic plays or lucky bounces could easily have made for 1-1 or even 2-0. But could’ves, should’ves and moral victories count for absolutely nothing this time of year. Down two games, the Hurricanes desperately need a home win to play their way into the series. My watch points for Monday’s game follow.  ...
Gm82 @Phi: Canes finish with 4-3 win over Flyers and chart course to match up versus the Capitals

Gm82 @Phi: Canes finish with 4-3 win over Flyers and chart course to match up versus the Capitals

The best part about watching Saturday’s regular season finale was the casual nature of wanting a win of course but not needing one. Canes fans will of course welcome the return of the nail-biting stress of playoff hockey, but not having to deal with it for the last game of the season was a hockey blessing. Despite the lack of stress, Saturday’s game did still have playoff significance with the Hurricanes playing to avoid a match up with the hockey juggernaut out of Tampa and also with the potential to move up to third in the Metropolitan Division. In the end, the Hurricanes 4-3 win did save the team from facing the Lightning but did not boost them to third in the Metro.   Game recap The game saw the Hurricanes start fast partly courtesy of a struggling Flyers defense that carried over from their previous game. Early on, the Flyers demonstrated a regular tendency to give up grade A scoring chances from between the face-off circles, and the Hurricanes capitalized. First, a Brock McGinn centering pass from behind the net tried to find an open Lucas Wallmark in front of the net. The puck caromed off his skate and found a second Canes player in Warren Foegele who was also unguarded in a prime scoring area. Foegele finished to continue his scoring binge. Two minutes later a similar play netted the Canes second goal when a centering pass to Jordan Martinook instead bounced to Justin Faulk who fired an uncontested shot into the net off the rush. With the Flyers struggling early and the Hurricanes capitalizing, the game...
Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

Canes March Madness Bracket #1: Biggest moves in building the 2018-19 lineup

In the spirit March Madness and the fun of brackets, Canes and Coffee will be running a series of mini-tournaments on the Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season thus far. First up is a bracket detailing the Hurricanes series of moves to build the current lineup. When one considers all of the changes that occurred starting with the end of the 2017-18 season to the current roster, the transformation is stunning. Only 10 players remain less than a full season later. The sheer volume of significant moves. The brackets include eight transactions, but that does not even include the trade of Jeff Skinner, leadership moves naming Brind’Amour coach or Williams captain, moving Sebastian Aho to center or the draft lottery win of Andrei Svechnikov. Early on, the various moves seemed to be a mixed bag, but given time and viewed under the light of the January turnaround, the series of moves looks increasingly close to perfect. Though each and every one of these moves deserves its share of credit in the current winning trajectory, just for fun this bracket takes a shot at determining which were most critical.   Please remember to click vote after each individual poll response.   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #1 Claiming Curtis McElhinney off of waivers to replace an injured Scott Darling. Lucas Wallmark and Warren Foegele making the opening day roster out of training camp. View Results  Loading ...   Biggest roster moves -- Match up #2 Pulling off a blockbuster trade at the end of the draft adding Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox in exchange for Elias Lindholm and...