Day off? Open reader discussion in comments?

Day off? Open reader discussion in comments?

For anyone who could use some lighthearted Canes reading, here is a link to an article from a while back that compiled a reasonably thorough list of John Forslund-isms from the team’s TV broadcasts. I have a half-written article that looks at impacts of season being suspended for the NHL in total, the Hurricanes 2019-20 season and also going forward, but timing does not seem right to jump straight into that after quite an eventful couple days. Tentative plan is to finish/post that for Monday and to continue covering the team during the layoffs. For today, it is either a day off or a chance for readers to start their own discussions in the comments.   Wash your hands and stay safe y’all!   Go...
Great Canes’ moments of the past 2 years

Great Canes’ moments of the past 2 years

After a difficult day for the world yesterday, today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers a tiny bit of levity in trying to collect (with readers’ help) the absolute best moments of the Carolina Hurricanes from the past two seasons. Requirements are that it needs to be more of a ‘moment’ captured in a minute-ish or ideally less, so this is not looking for full games. Please add to the list in the comments or ping us on Twitter to have yours added. In no particular order but loosely categorized….   2018-19 regular season stretch run Petr Mrazek coming way out to clear a puck in overtime to be followed by an overtime game-winner shortly thereafter. The team’s reaction when they were on the ice after a win and Montreal lost to officially clinch a playoff berth. (Could also include Mrazek’s interview as the game’s first star.)   2019 NHL playoffs Warren Foegele’s first period goal in the first period of game 3 against the Washington Capitals that marked the return of playoff hockey to Raleigh and started a 5-0 route. Brock McGinn’s overtime game-winner in game 7 against the Washington Capitals and his leaping celebration afterward. Jordan Staal’s overtime game-winner in game 1 against the New York Islanders.   2019-20 regular season Andrei Svechnikov becomes the first player in NHL history to score a lacrosse goal against the Calgary Flames. Justin Williams scores in the seventh round of the shootout to win the game and put an exclamation point on his return to hockey. David Ayers being congratulated by team mates after a most improbable win in Toronto. Morgan...
Seeking (and finding?) forward depth scoring

Seeking (and finding?) forward depth scoring

Many years ago, NHL teams had three lines of hockey players and a line of limited function penalty killers and goons. Those days are of course gone, and good teams stock all 12 forward slots with players capable of putting the puck in the net. But find true four line depth can be elusive. Injuries disrupt things. There is still sometimes a need to reserve a slot or two for penalty killers who might be lighter on offensive ability. And it just is not easy to get everything clicking at the same time. Today’s Daily Cup Joe takes a look at the Hurricanes’ current efforts to build out a forward group that is four lines deep. The constant evolution of the situation itself over the past few weeks has been fascinating. Very recently, the Hurricanes were very much a one line team with Teravainen/Aho/Svechnikov on fire but nothing else really working. And in the middle of that the Hurricanes traded away two centers but received only one in return. So the team seemed to be desperately trying combinations seeking something that could work past the top line. Fast forward only a week or so to today, and the situation is almost reversed. Despite Aho’s two goals that both came on special teams, the top line has been struggling a bit of late. But driven by an unlikely source in Morgan Geekie, the Hurricanes seem to be making great strides on the depth front.   Teravainen/Aho/Svechnikov Other than leading the Canes special teams outburst on Tuesday, Aho’s line has actually hit a short-term slump in terms of 5-on-5 play. The...
Gm68 @Det: Canes battle for periods and rise in the 3rd for 5-2 win over the Red Wings

Gm68 @Det: Canes battle for periods and rise in the 3rd for 5-2 win over the Red Wings

Entering Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings, the question was whether the Canes would get the Red Wings who are in last place in the NHL and 23 points behind the team in front of them or if instead the Canes would get the RedWings team that came in with two straight wins including an impressive 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Early on, the easier road looked possible. The Hurricanes had the better of play out of the gate and collected couple decent scoring chances while giving up very little. The Canes capitalized on early momentum with yet another goal by upstart super star Morgan Geekie. The play was a showcase for Geekie. Earlier in the shift he won a puck on the boards and advanced it out of danger in the defensive zone. Then he retrieved a puck in the neutral zone and quickly fed a short pass to Warren Foegele who was in front of him, so they could gain the blue line before Detroit could adjust. Then he stepped into the open ice behind Foegele to receive a pass and snipe a shot bar in from between the face-off circles. But possible with help from a Canes penalty, the Red Wings responded after the Canes goal. For much of the rest of the first period, the Canes had trouble with the Wings’ speed and spent portions of the rest of the period under duress and having trouble in their own end. Petr Mrazek was sharp and neutralized a number of good chances. But Detroit finally broke through when Tyler Bertuzzi scored on one of...
‘What I’m watching’ — Gm68 @Det: Canes seek to extend winning weekend against the Red Wings

‘What I’m watching’ — Gm68 @Det: Canes seek to extend winning weekend against the Red Wings

After a fun weekend with another storybook win courtesy of Morgan Geekie on Sunday over the Penguins, the Hurricanes return to the ice on Tuesday night in Detroit for game four of five for the road trip. The two wins see the Hurricanes enter the game tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but still very much in a crowded pack that will likely see three teams come within a couple points of a playoff spot but get sent packing at the end of the regular season. The opponent is a Red Wings team that looks like an easy win on paper. The Wings are the bottom team in the NHL by a MASSIVE 23 points and have long been playing for draft lottery position. But in a league where parity reigns supreme, one need look no further than the Wings last two games that include wins over Cup contender Tampa Bay and a Chicago team that is trying to play its way into the playoff hunt. In the NHL, if you do not show up and put forward a strong effort nasty surprises linger. On the Hurricanes side, this game is about continuing the current trajectory. Only two weeks ago, the Hurricanes posted a rousing, feel-good win with an emergency goalie only to fall flat with four straight losses. Aside from the utter debacle in terms of taking penalties (six in the first half of the game) which was buried underneath the win, the Hurricanes put forward their best 5-on-5 effort in some time. The goal Tuesday is to find that same gear. If the...