Game preview for 2018 Backyard Brawl: Carolina Hockey vs. the NC State Icepack

Game preview for 2018 Backyard Brawl: Carolina Hockey vs. the NC State Icepack

That time of year is here and earlier than usual compared to recent years. On Monday night at PNC Arena, local hockey takes center stage as the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill takes on North Carolina State in men’s hockey. The ‘Backyard Brawl’ as it was termed a few years back has always been a great showcase of local hockey and a fun event that brings the competitive local sports rivalry onto the ice.   Details When: 7pm on Monday, October 22 Where: PNC Arena Cost: Parking is free and admission is only a modest donation at the door (no advance tickets required)   Game preview — The NC State side Thank you to Zak Selwaeh for providing an update for the NC State side. Preview provided by Zak Selwaeh Zak Selwaeh (Twitter=@TheOfficialZMP) is currently the Play by Play Broadcaster for NC State Hockey after traveling with the team last season as the Color Analyst. Zak is a huge fan of hockey and his favorite team is the Carolina Hurricanes. Zak also stays up to date with the latest happenings across the NHL. Aside from hockey, Zak spends time playing guitar and writing/recording/producing his own music and also may have a slight obsession with freshly baked pita bread and hummus.   North Carolina State Icepack preview Canes and Coffee: How has the North Carolina State hockey team started the 2018-19 season? Zak Selwaeh: State has had by far and away their best start in the past several seasons. The team is currently 7-0, is ranked at the top of the Carolina East Division, and is second in the league...
The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2b of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2b of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

After a bit of a delay for the burst four games in six nights to kick off the season, here is part 2b of 2 predicting over or under for individual Canes players for the 2018-19 season. We also challenge everyone to log one outlandish prediction in the comments below, so we can look back in May or June and mostly chuckle but also hopefully find a couple brilliant predictions. Part 1 which is HERE was more team focused. Part 2 had players Sebastian Aho through Martin Necas.   Carolina Hurricanes over/under polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Petr Mrazek -- 40 starts -- With the opening available, can he establish himself as the Canes #1? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Brett Pesce -- 28 points -- In his fourth season, does he find a higher gear offensively (or just continue to be a stalwart stay-home D which is fine too)? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Victor Rask -- Depth or Return to Significant Role -- Where does Victor Rask fit into the new lineup once he returns? He plays a significant role playing center and anchoring a solid line. He is passed by the youth and returns only as forward depth. View Results  Loading ...   Jaccob Slavin -- 40 points -- Like Pesce, can Slavin find a higher gear offensively in his fourth year, or is he destined to just be top-end on the defensive side of the puck? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Jordan Staal -- 50 points -- Is he destined to continue...
The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2a of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 2a of 2: Over/under for Carolina Hurricanes 2018-19 season

Today’s Coffee Shop is the second of two parts to officially reopen The Coffee Shop for the 2018-19 season. If you missed it yesterday, you can find part 1 which includes a set of polls which are focused mainly at the team level (and you can see if readers think the team will make the playoffs). Today’s polls focus primarily on individual player performance for the 2018-19 season.   Carolina Hurricanes over/under polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Sebastian Aho -- Points=68 -- Is he ready now to take the next step up scoring-wise? Over Under View Results  Loading ...   Scott Darling -- .910 Save Percentage -- Can Darling rebound at least to respectable levels? Over (over means beats .910 and is >.910) Under (under means misses .910 and...
The Coffee Shop Reopens!  1 of 2: Team-level predictions for the 2018-19 season

The Coffee Shop Reopens! 1 of 2: Team-level predictions for the 2018-19 season

A short season preview series kicked off on Tuesday afternoon. If you missed that article, you can find it HERE.   Nowadays, the conversation happens pretty much on a daily basis in the Daily Cup of Joe article, but with the 2018-19 season now only a day away, the official Coffee Shop reopens today with a set of polls and discussion questions. Today’s Coffee Shop is part 1 of 2 with part 1 focusing on the team in total. Part 2 which will be up in the next day or two will have a set of polls on individual player performance.   Carolina Hurricanes polls on team performance Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Do the 2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs? Yes. No. View Results  Loading ...   Of the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference, where do the Hurricanes finish? 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th View Results  Loading ...   Which youngster finishes with the highest point total? Warren Foegele Martin Necas Andrei Svechnikov Lucas Wallmark Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who will be the team's 2018-19 most valuable player? Scott Darling Petr Mrazek Justin Faulk Dougie Hamilton Jaccob Slavin Sebastian Aho Jordan Staal Teuvo Teravainen Justin Williams One of the rookies Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) What are the top one or two factors that will determine if the 2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs?   2) Who has team-level predictions (players will be a separate...
Guest Article by Brandon Stanley — Canes Prospect Development Camp Notes: The SvechNecas Show

Guest Article by Brandon Stanley — Canes Prospect Development Camp Notes: The SvechNecas Show

In 2017 when I was away for part of the week for prospect camp, a couple other writers were generous enough to step in and cover some of the practices. To add another viewpoint to the 2018 coverage, Brandon Stanley generously agreed to share his viewpoint on the camp. On a day for double prospect camp viewpoints, you can also find part 1 of Matt’s final recap HERE.   Brandon Stanley Brandon Stanley is a communication media student at NC State. He grew up playing hockey locally in the Jr. Canes organization and other local Raleigh Youth Hockey Association teams from the age of 9 until 18. There is very little that he is more passionate about than the game of hockey. He admittedly spends an unhealthy amount of time looking at stats, prospects, power rankings, and whatever else he can find, so Prospects’ Camp was a nice little taste to hopefully help hold him over until October.   Brandon’s thoughts on the 2018 Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Camp I’ll admit: I was excited about last year’s camp. There were studs preparing to begin their professional careers that I was high on like Nicolas Roy, Julien Gauthier, Janne Kuokkanen, and Warren Foegele. There were intriguing, newly drafted youngsters like Morgan Geekie, Stelio Mattheos, Luke Martin, and a thin, but lightning quick kid named Marty Necas. And there was hope in the building that the group of young men on display would help pull our beloved Carolina Hurricanes out of the doldrums of the Metropolitan Division and back into hockey relevancy. But that excitement and buzz was nothing compared to what...