Thursday Coffee Shop: 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes predictions (polls and discussion questions)

Thursday Coffee Shop: 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes predictions (polls and discussion questions)

Canes hockey is back!!!!! Check out also part 2 of 2 for our Canes season preview HERE. With the start of the 2020-21 season now only hours away, today’s Coffee Shop polls and questions ask for your predictions for the Carolina Hurricanes 2020-21 season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click ‘vote’ for each individual poll.   In what place will the Hurricanes finish in the regular season? 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th View Results  Loading ...   How far will the Hurricanes advance in the 2021 NHL Playoffs? Will not make the playoffs Will lose in the first round. Will win one round. Will win 2 rounds and emerge from the Central Division Will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Will win the Stanley Cup. View Results  Loading ...   Which (relative) newcomer to the lineup will have the biggest impact? Jake Bean Jesper Fast Morgan Geekie Alex Nedeljkovic Brady Skjei Vincent Trocheck Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who will be the Hurricanes 2020-21 most valuable player? Sebastian Aho Dougie Hamilton Petr Mrazek Brett Pesce James Reimer Jaccob Slavin Jordan Staal Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Vincent Trocheck Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which player will have the biggest rebound in 2020-21? Ryan Dzingel Jake Gardiner Nino Niederreiter None of the above View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) What do you predict for the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes as a team?   2) Pick a couple players and share your predictions?   3) What is one longshot prediction for the Hurricanes 2020-21 season?  ...
Monday Coffee Shop: Assessing the new division foes (Polls and discussion)

Monday Coffee Shop: Assessing the new division foes (Polls and discussion)

Our second set of Coffee Shop polls with discussion focuses on the Hurricanes newly-minted division and its new set of foes. See also the two-part preview that profiles each team. Part 1 from Friday features the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Part 2 from today features the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click enter for each individual poll. Who do you think will win the Discover NHL Central Division? Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Which four teams do you predict will make the playoffs? (Select 4) Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   As a Hurricanes fan, which team do you most dread playing? Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   For entertainment value, which division foe do you most look forward to watching? Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) Who wins the Discover Central Division and why?   2) Which team, if any, do you think will surprise by being significantly better than many expect?   3) What do you think it takes for the Hurricanes to secure a playoff spot or better yet challenge for the division crown?  ...
The Coffee Shop returns:  You build the Canes 2020-21 forward lines (polls & discussion)

The Coffee Shop returns: You build the Canes 2020-21 forward lines (polls & discussion)

After a long hiatus with more of the regular conversation happening more spontaneously in any and all articles, Canes and Coffee will reach back to its roots with (hopefully) regular Monday and Thursday ‘The Coffee Shop’ posts featuring polls and discussions centered around a timely Canes topic. Today’s first 2021 topic reopens The Coffee Shop for debate and discussion the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes forward lines. After you have voted and commented, check out also today’s Daily Cup of Joe which shares Matt’s thoughts on the same topic. Mostly out of simplicity for making workable polls without a gazillion combinations, the starting assumption (at least for the polls) is that Aho, Trocheck, Staal and Geekie will each center a line which means picking two wings for each center.   Carolina Hurricanes hockey polls Remember to click ‘Vote’ for each individual poll. Who should play wing on Sebastian Aho's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who should play wing on Jordan Staal's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who should play wing on Vincent Trocheck's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who should play wing on Morgan Geekie's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook...
Seeking difference-making improvement

Seeking difference-making improvement

With the off-season officially here, possible ways to improve the Carolina Hurricanes has been a regular entry for the Daily Cup of Joe in different varieties.   Seeking an area where difference-making improvement is possible While it is possible for the team to improve in pretty much any area, that task has become harder with the team improving becoming competent or better in pretty much every area. From here, I see the path to winning a Stanley Cup as being one of two ways. First is simply making modest upgrades and more so having a ‘peak season’ and/or riding a hot streak in the playoffs mostly because the current group finds a higher gear. Second is finding a way to make a significant upgrade that significantly changes the makeup and trajectory of the team. If I work through the Hurricanes lineup seeking such an upgrade possibility, it goes like this… In net, I do think the potential is there for the Hurricanes to upgrade, but at the same time I do not think Mrazek/McElhinner or Mrazek/Reimer in any way held the team back. So I think it is unlikely that a change in net significantly changes things. On defense, the blue line was at the core of the Hurricanes 2018-19 success and especially at the top of the depth chart was a strength again in 2019-20. If anything, I think the blue line represents a risk for a drop off. When a team reaches a high level, the risk of less is greater than the potential for more. At forward, the Hurricanes FINALLY have the components for a legitimate...
Canes versus Bruins: Comparing 2019 to 2020

Canes versus Bruins: Comparing 2019 to 2020

With the Carolina Hurricanes playoff push ending at the hands of the same Boston Bruins both in 2019 and again in 2020, the potential is there to at least attempt to measure the team’s progress. An important disclaimer is the unique circumstances in 2020 with the four-month layoff, the bubble and everything else unique to 2020. While the two different years would never be directly comparable anyway, I do think comparing the two years has something to say about the progress of the Hurricanes from year to year.   What was the same? A couple key factors were pretty similar between the two years. In both series, the Bruins’ best players played a huge role in deciding the series. In 2019, the Bruins top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak combined for 6 goals and 14 scoring points. The 2020 series was similar with Boston’s big guns scoring 5 goals and collecting 14 points in 5 games. Also on the offensive side of the ledger, in 2019 the Bruins outscored the Hurricanes on the power play by a massive 7 to 1 mark in only 4 games. Though the margin was not as big, the Bruins 5 goals for versus 1 against on the power play was again a significant advantage for the Bruins. Both series also featured a catastrophic collapse to lose a game that seemed to be in hand. In 2019, the Hurricanes seemed to be on their way to pulling off a game 1 upset to get out to a series lead when they collapsed in the third period and lost. In 2020,...