Gm4 @Clu: Canes stay perfect with 5-1 win over Columbus Blue Jackets

Gm4 @Clu: Canes stay perfect with 5-1 win over Columbus Blue Jackets

On the one hand, I really do not think the Hurricanes are playing their best hockey yet. No doubt there are many positive elements, but sloppiness is being covered up a bit too much by Frederik Andersen. On the other hand, the decent not great version of this team is good enough to regularly win by multiple goals. After years of struggling to be near perfect to to try eek out a win, how fun is that change?   Quick notes from the 5-1 win follow   1) The power of high-end finishing The recurring story that has carried over from the 2020-21 season is the Hurricanes ability to convert scoring chances into goals. The power of skill and finishing that was almost non-existent for the team for a decade has now become a huge strength. That scoring ability gives the Hurricanes to win almost any game just by converting at a high rate.   2) Niederreiter/Staal/Fast The line continues to be the team’s best. As I said on Twitter during the game, once they get the puck to the end wall in the offensive zone, they are nearly impossible to handle, especially for smaller defensemen. Niederreiter and Staal are just pushing people around right now and generating scoring chances in the process.   3) Another sloppy effort for the blue line The game started with bad defensive zone turnovers by Tony DeAngelo and Ian Cole for immediate good scoring chances against. As noted above, Andersen’s strong play right now is erasing the exclamation points on bad plays such that they mostly go unnoticed as no big deal. The...
Thursday Coffee Shop — Like/dislike/neutral on every Canes off-season move

Thursday Coffee Shop — Like/dislike/neutral on every Canes off-season move

Below is your chance to chime in on each and every move made during the off-season. The sheer volume here shows how busy the off-season was for the Hurricanes. Feel free to also share more detailed thoughts in the comments.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll.   Which was the BEST addition or departure of the off-season Frederik Andersen Ethan Bear Ian Cole Tony DeAngelo Warren Foegele Dougie Hamilton Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Leivo Brock McGinn Antti Raanta Brendan Smith Derek Stepan View Results  Loading ...   Which was the WORST addition/departure of the off-season? Frederik Andersen Ethan Bear Ian Cole Tony DeAngelo Warren Foegele Dougie Hamilton Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Leivo Brock McGinn Antti Raanta Brendan Smith Derek Stepan View Results  Loading ...   Which position improved the most? Blue line Forwards Goalies None of the above View Results  Loading ...   Which position was hurt the most? Blue line Forwards Goalies None of the above View Results  Loading ...   On not re-signing Dougie Hamilton Like Dislike Neutral or not sure yet View Results  Loading ...   On trading Warren Foegele for Ethan Bear Like Dislike Neutral or not sure yet View Results  Loading ...   On not re-signing Brock McGinn Like Dislike Neutral or not sure yet View Results  Loading ...   On not re-signing Jani Hakanpaa Like Dislike Neutral or not sure yet View Results  Loading ...   On signing free agent Ian Cole Like Dislike Neutral or not sure yet View Results  Loading ...   On signing free agent Tony DeAngelo Like Dislike Neutral or not sure yet View Results...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Preseason expectations (polls and discussion)

Thursday Coffee Shop: Preseason expectations (polls and discussion)

With preseason officially underway with Tuesday’s 3-1 and the next game set for Friday in Tampa, below is a quick set of polls on preseason/training camp expectations.   Preseason polls Remember to click ‘Vote’ after each individual poll.   Which rising prospect(s) have the best chance to crack the opening day roster? (choose up to 2) Jack Drury Seth Jarvis Joey Keane Jamieson Rees Jesper Sellgren Ryan Suzuki Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which veteran newcomer has the greatest chance to be a difference-maker? Frederik Andersen Ethan Bear Ian Cole Tony DeAngelo Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Leivo Antti Raanta Brendan Smith Derek Stepan Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which goalie will emerge from preseason as the #1? Frederik Andersen Antti Raanta Split duties with no defined #1 View Results  Loading...
The Coffee Shop: Which unrestricted free agents to re-sign?

The Coffee Shop: Which unrestricted free agents to re-sign?

Yesterday’s Daily Cup of Joe on the goalie position completed a series of articles considering what to do with seven Hurricanes players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. The Coffee Shop puts those same choices in front of you in the form of a couple polls. Feel free to also comment below.   Please click ‘vote’ for each individual poll.   Which pending unrestricted free agents would you re-sign? (Select as many as you wish.) Jani Hakanpaa Dougie Hamilton Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Petr Mrazek Cedric Paquette James Reimer None of the above View Results  Loading ...   Which best describes your thoughts in terms of making changes for 2021-22? Make very few. The team is good; patience is in order. Middle of the road. The core is in place, but I would selectively try to make upgrades. Be aggressive. No doubt the team has improved, but there is still need for significant changes to reach the next level. View Results  Loading...
‘What I’m watching’ — 2021 Playoffs —Gm3 @Tam: Backs against wall, Canes seek rebound

‘What I’m watching’ — 2021 Playoffs —Gm3 @Tam: Backs against wall, Canes seek rebound

After two pretty evenly played games but no results in the win column, the Carolina Hurricanes head to Tampa Bay with the season on the line. A loss on Thursday does not officially end the series, but it represents whatever the closest thing to that is. With two tightly-contested affairs in which you could make a reasonable case that the Canes deserved better in either or both games, so there is a reasonable case for just staying the course. But in today’s Daily Cup of Joe pondered what, if anything, Brind’Amour should do to stir things up. With Vincent Trocheck likely out of the lineup, some change is necessary regardless. Aside from the lineup watch points, the drama is full force tonight. Is this a Hurricanes team that deserved better in games 1 and 2 and will dig down and get what it deserves in game 3? Or is it the group that struggled with basic puck-handling late in game 2 and suffering from waning confidence? Can a team that was at times an offensive juggernaut during the regular season find a higher gear after struggling mightily to put the puck in the net? Can Brind’Amour and his staff make adjustments to generate more offensive inside the offensive zone with Tampa Bay playing a conservative defensive style that offers very little for offense off the rush? After a season full of regular season heroes, can the team find one or two players to don a cape when the team desperately needs such a hero in the playoffs? Against that backdrop, my watch points follow:   ‘What I’m watching’ for the...