Thursday Coffee Shop: Trying maintain a rhythm

Thursday Coffee Shop: Trying maintain a rhythm

If you missed it yesterday, please make a stop to read a special article highlighting a group from our Caniac Nation who are investing their time and energy for a great cause.   What a difference a week makes. This time last week we were stewing in three consecutive losses and trending toward another playoff miss. With Friday, Saturday and Tuesday wins, the #CanesCoaster has yet again completely reversed course. As I write this, the Hurricanes are in the final playoff spot by a point with no need to adjust for games played and equally significantly are trending more positive (not just over the last three games but also 10-12) than anyone of the five teams currently fighting for the final two playoff spots. Against that backdrop, the Thursday Coffee Shop will try to strike a balance between enjoying the current reality and maintaining a healthy (but hopefully not paranoid) level of skepticism and realism.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   How about now? Playoffs? Yes or no? Yes. I believe. No. I am not getting fooled again. View Results  Loading ...   Which of the recent wild cards do you consider to be the most real/sustainable? The blue line scoring outburst that netted 5 goals in 3 games. The power play outburst for 3 goals in 5 tries in Tuesday's win. Strong netminding by both goalies. View Results  Loading ...   In the run of 3 critical 4-point games against division foes in the next 4 days, what do you expect? A return to Earth. Not necessarily a crash...
Monday Coffee Shop: #CanesCoaster…Back up!

Monday Coffee Shop: #CanesCoaster…Back up!

The up and down 2017-18 season continued last week. After a hard-fought but still not good enough overtime loss to the Flyers to stretch the losing streak to three games, the Hurricanes rebounded with a pair of solid home wins over the weekend. That combined with recent struggles from most of the teams in the Metropolitan Division fray finds the Hurricanes currently sitting in playoff position and trending upward. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe reassesses the playoff chase for the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. The Monday Coffee Shop will take on a similar theme with polls and discussions on the playoff outlook while we are enjoying sunnier days.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   How about now? Are the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes a playoff team? Yes. The recent rebound is a harbinger of good things to come. No. The current up from the up and down will not ultimately be enough. View Results  Loading ...   If you had to rank the good things from the two weekend wins, which was most significant? Solid goaltending X2 with both Darling and Ward participating. Sound defensive play. A higher compete and intensity level. Timely scoring with Pesce scoring early on Friday and McGinn stepping up twice at the right time on Saturday. More balanced forward lines with Lindholm at center to make the team four lines deep. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   To make the playoffs, the Hurricanes must beat 3 teams in the Metropolitan Division. Which 3 are most vulnerable? Washington Capitals Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Seeking positives but also discussing reality

Thursday Coffee Shop: Seeking positives but also discussing reality

Today’s Daily Cup of Joe aims to strike a tricky balance between seeking positives but also not denying the here and now of another dip downward on the #CanesCoaster that is the Carolina Hurricanes 2017-18 season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each poll response.   Is it over? Yes. Time to start looking forward to 2018-19. No. But the 2017-18 season is headed rapidly in that direction unless something changes drastically. No. It has been a bumpy ride, but this team will rebound and ultimately claw its way into the playoffs. View Results  Loading ...   If you need to catch up on any player updates, the Menu is HERE. Of the nine updates for Canes prospects below the AHL level, which jump out as most positive so far? (Select up to 2.) Noah Carroll David Cotton Matt Filipe Jack LaFontaine Eetu Luostarinen Eetu Makiniemi Luke Martin Luke Stevens Max Zimmer View Results  Loading ...   Aside from a possible rebound and playoff appearance, what do you see as the biggest positive in 2017-18 right now? Another rookie in Haydn Fleury making the transition to the NHL level. The ownership transition finally being completed. Indications that the game, fan experience and marketing are finally moving forward. Sebastian Aho taking another step forward as an offensive leader. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What is your biggest disappointment/concern right now? Jeff Skinner's inability to find another scoring burst. The young blue line still maybe being a step away from being a driver in reaching the next level. Continued goaltending woes. That Bill...
Monday Coffee Shop: Blue Monday

Monday Coffee Shop: Blue Monday

Monday’s Daily Cup of Joe entitled, “What now?” takes on a similar theme, has another viewpoint on where to go from here and already has a discussion in progress, so please also stop there if you can stomach more Hurricanes hockey today.   As I post this, the Carolina Hurricanes are being bag skated at PNC Arena (courtesy of Twitter feed from Cory Lavalette from the North State Journal). Following Bill Peters’ salty post-game press conference after Sunday’s deflating loss, there is no other official news out of 1400 Edwards Mill Road yet. The group on the ice is still the same set as Sunday’s game. Francis has not said anything publicly, and no players have yet been recalled from Charlotte. Peters’ comments after practice might offer an indication of the lineup changes that he said would happen for Tuesday’s game. Against that backdrop, it is hard to make the Monday Coffee Shop more than doom and gloom without being rightfully accused of ignoring today’s reality. So here we go…   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Will the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs? Yes. The team is still within a point of the playoffs, and a rebound is coming. No. Continued inconsistency at a critical time is the telltale indicator that it ends the same. View Results  Loading ...   Who shoulders the most blame right now? Ron Francis. His miss on the goalie selection and inability to address scoring are the top factors. Bill Peters. Sure the team is imperfect, but he just is not getting enough out...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Ticket promotions off the ice and line combinations on the ice

Thursday Coffee Shop: Ticket promotions off the ice and line combinations on the ice

Partly just do to running out of time and partly due to wanting to give the NC State/UNC game and local hockey top billing coming out of the All-Star break on Monday, I did not post a Monday Coffee Shop article. But do not worry…The Coffee Shop which is my favorite aspect of the site will continue to be a regular entry on Mondays and Thursdays. Today’s Coffee Shop looks at two completely different items. First, off the ice, there are a couple polls related to the recent ticket promotions. Those ticket promotions are the topic of today’s Daily Cup of Joe, and a discussion has already started there, so I am just going to include polls here. On the ice, the polls and discussion will bandy around optimal player combinations since the team is back to healthy and actually has some decisions to make in terms of who plays with whom.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What are your thoughts specifically on the promotion to upgrade everyone to sit downstairs for the game on Tuesday against Ottawa? I am an upper level STH and appreciated the upgrade. I am a lower level STH and thought it was a great idea. I am not a STH and thought it was a great idea. I am an upper level STH and do not think promos like this are a good thing. I am a lower level STH and did not appreciate everyone else being upgraded. I am not a STH and think it is a bad idea. Other (add in...
Thursday Coffee Shop: It’s now or never

Thursday Coffee Shop: It’s now or never

Adjusted for games played the Hurricanes are three points below the cut line. February and the trade deadline are rapidly approach. And the Hurricanes are sputtering with a 2-6 mark in their last eight games. To drop a cliche, ‘it’s now or never’ for the Hurricanes. Today’s set of polls focus on the near-term schedule and take a try at rating the urgency over the next week or so.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each poll response.   What is your take on Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens? It is truly a must-win game. It is not must-win, but it is in whatever the next category of urgency is. A win would help obviously, but the deciding point for the season lies with the home stretch that follows after the All-Star break. View Results  Loading ...   Speaking of the All-Star game, what are your plans? Will watch only the skills competition. Will watch only the game. Will watch both the skills competition and the game. I am doing the 'break' part and will watch neither. I will not schedule around it but might catch parts if not tied up with something else. View Results  Loading ...   To make March meaningful what must the Hurricanes do during the stretch of 11 of 12 games at home that starts after the All-Star Break? 7-5. The team just needs to be positive to stay in the hunt deeper into the season. 8-4. That is roughly a playoff pace and good enough to push deeper into the season still in contention. 9-3. The Canes need...