Calling It Now: 10 Premonitions for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Season by Cory Fogg

Calling It Now: 10 Premonitions for the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes Season by Cory Fogg

Matt’s quick introduction: This week we will introduce the 2017-18 writing team at Canes and Coffee with a short series of articles that takes a look into the crystal ball and/or previews the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes season. Up first is Cory Fogg who I am thrilled to have back for a second season at Canes and Coffee. Cory’s writing will run the gamut, but his specialty is writing feature articles that go in depth on a particular topic. Welcome back Cory!   As we count down to opening night, we all have our thoughts on what’s going to happen. Really the only givens over the past nine years have been that ‘we won’t make the playoffs’ and the opener is better known as “The Game with the Most Hurricanes Fans in Attendance All Season’. Many Caniacs, myself included, believe that this season is the first year in that span with a real chance of getting out of Rebuilding Mode and into Playoff Mode. My roommate and I, both half season-ticket holders, always enjoy going through the season playing Nostradamus over what’s going to happen next. The phrase “Calling it now” is often heard in our domain, usually followed by some ridiculous premonition that we’re only saying so that we can have ‘In-House Hockey Genius’ bragging rights. Or just the sound of hot air expanding in our heads.  In any case, with the Hurricanes season now here, I thought it would be fun to channel my inner hockey clairvoyant for all of you. Because, obviously, the more people who know, the higher the ego boost if I’m right. So without...
Six ‘If’s’ Holding the Keys to a Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Run in 2017-18

Six ‘If’s’ Holding the Keys to a Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Run in 2017-18

After a summer to rest and recuperate, Cory Fogg makes his triumphant return and Canes and Coffee 3027-18 season debut. It is still preseason, so go easy on him in the comments. 🙂   A few days ago, in Matt’s ‘5 Things I Really Like Right Now’ article, there was a statement on the message board that really struck home with me as an excited Hurricanes fan.  Our dependable message board sage (and seemingly ridiculous early riser) ctcaniac aptly differentiated the rampant optimism about the Hurricanes, from that of years past. “In years past, the optimism seemed to be the ‘if the stars align’ type’. Now the optimism seems justified because, if only two of five/six things go better than expected, then the year will be a success.” – ctcaniac Ctcaniac is absolutely spot on and went on to list several of these possibilities that Hurricanes fans are banking on to bring us back to the playoffs.  From the continued progression of our young guns, to the potential of significant goaltending improvement,  this article will explore several of these scenarios (and others), evaluate their probability*, and discuss their importance in driving Carolina back to the happy world of sustained springtime hockey. *Probabilities are based on writer’s gut opinions with sporadic statistical support   1. If any of Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, or Teuvo Teravainen find a new level offensively… As all avid Canes fans know from years past, we have two sources of consistent offense (Jeff Skinner and Sebastian Aho) and a whole bunch of intermittent ones. The signing of Justin Williams as a consistent 20 goal scorer helps,...
My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

My Puck: A Story of the Carolina Hurricanes New Identity

Matt’s editorial note: With the buzz and optimism around Canes hockey this summer, Cory could not help but return from his summer break way early. There are no guarantees in professional sports (Canes fans know that too well lately), but I hope you share his optimism and energy. I do.   A storm is coming. Can you feel it? Disclaimer: Author is 100% allowed to use cheesy clichés in his ridiculous excitement for the coming of hockey season The Carolina Hurricanes have had one of the best offseasons in recent memory this summer. The problem is, the offseason means nothing and we all are just bouncing in our seats in anticipation of seeing if the 2017-18 Canes can deliver on the ice. But seeing as that’s two months off, let’s just keep distracting ourselves with the bright situation, shall we?   Yay, Our First Real Post-Cup Identity! Let’s embrace the fact that, for the first time in years, the Carolina Hurricanes have an identity. For years, it seemed like the team had none, or at the very least, was something like “They Whom Are Beholden to Family Staal.” (There are worse identities.)  The truth as we’ve all come to painfully know, is that we coasted on our Cup win for about 8 years. As names like Brind’Amour, Whitney, Cole, and Williams disappeared, so did the identity. For years it was just sitting there hoping Eric Staal and Cam Ward could turn it back to their Cup days and bring us a taste of the playoffs. Then for several more years, it was the painful process of rebuild, a gigantic...
IIHF World Championship Caniac Rankings: Skinner’s Not Keeping His Stick To Himself

IIHF World Championship Caniac Rankings: Skinner’s Not Keeping His Stick To Himself

The IIHF World Hockey Championships head into their final weekend….and the United States is done. Hanifin and Co. were knocked out with an invisible offensive performance in a 2-0 loss to Finland. Still Hanifin was the best defenseman on the US team (more on that below) and six Hurricanes are still active going into the final four games. Better still, is that East Coast hockey fans get quality morning hockey this weekend. On the whole, this week was less prolific as last week for our worldly Hurricanes, but most of them, especially Sebastian Aho, still played very well. Without any more blabbering, here is the 2nd Canes and Coffee International Caniac Power Rankings   1. Jeff Skinner 4 Goals – 5 Assists – 9 Points in 8 Games Skinner slowed down a bit on the scoring surge, but he still sits third on Team Canada in scoring, and contributed a goal to Canada’s 3-1 win over Germany in the quarterfinals. Here’s the really funny part. Skinner actually does lead all IIHF skaters in one category….penalty minutes. That’s not normal. We all know Skinner is a masterful smack talker but they don’t typically give you 5 minute majors for that. No Skinner got a game misconduct for this light little poke at the puck…that was tucked into the chest of French goalie Florian Hardy. Was it worth a game misconduct or was it some rather biased referees? See for yourself. 🚨🚨 Watch @JeffSkinner put @HC_Men up 2-0 in the #IIHFWorlds quarterfinals! 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/qrKpdC0R2S — Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) May 18, 2017 2. Sebastian Aho 2 Goals – 7 Assists – 9...
Hurricanes Prospect Update: Four Carolina Prospects Head to Memorial Cup

Hurricanes Prospect Update: Four Carolina Prospects Head to Memorial Cup

What a finals week for the Hurricanes prospects. Warren Foegele decided he was ready for the next level in a big way, earning OHL Playoff MVP honors, and the Sea Dogs juggernaut rolled to a QMJHL title, but that’s last week’s news. More importantly, the Memorial Cup starts at the end of the week, with four top Hurricanes prospects scheduled to participate. The best juniors teams from each of the three Major Junior leagues, plus the super-lucky host Windsor, will gather to battle it out for the title of North America’s top team. Look, we’ll get into the individual prospect performances momentarily, but first and most importantly: If you never watch another CHL game in your life, you will want to find a way to watch this one. On Monday, May 22 at 7pm, Foegele and the Erie Otters will take on Smallman, Gauthier, Booth and the Saint John Sea Dogs. The Memorial Cup will likely be one of the most important series of games of their lives to date. And this battle royale of Hurricanes prospects is one this writer will be watching with great interest. The game will be broadcast on NHL network.   Hurricanes Prospect Playoff Power Rankings   1. Warren Foegele – Erie Otters 13 Goals – 13 Assists – 26 Points in 22 games Did I say Warren Foegele wasn’t a prolific scorer last week? Shame on me. Foegele scored 7 points in 3 games this week, including a game where he had a hand in ALL 5 of his team goals (3 goals, 2 assists), and ended up winning the Caniac Prospect Playoff Scoring Title...