Thursday Coffee Shop: Half full or half empty?

Thursday Coffee Shop: Half full or half empty?

The recap and notes from Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers were significantly less glowing than most of the other viewpoints available. I was happy with the two points and acknowledged the importance of results, but I was not high on the level of play. The Daily Cup of Joe from Thursday assessed the team by position and was also candid and quite mixed. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe goes the other direction and names seven things that I like about the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes through four games. On the surface, the collection of widely different viewpoints over a short period of time might look schizophrenic. But maybe that is exactly right for a sample size of four games that has run the gamut from high scoring to unable to generate offense at all and from sound and steady defensively to intermittently struggling. The Thursday Coffee Shop opens the floor for readers to weigh in on whether the season thus far has been half full, half empty or oddly some both.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll question.   How would you rate the Hurricanes level of play through four games? Poor. They have been lucky to collect 5 points Not poor, but definitely with room for improvement. Neutral. I am sitting firmly on the fence through four games. Slightly positive. Sure they could be better, but overall play has been good and who can argue with the results. Outstanding. The level of play and trajectory are clearly positive. View Results  Loading ...   Based on what you have seen so...
Monday Coffee Shop: Seeking goals

Monday Coffee Shop: Seeking goals

The roller coaster ride always occurs during a long NHL season seems to have already started for the Carolina Hurricanes. The home opener was sloppy, but when you win on opening night in exciting fashion, you just take it and be happy. And game two netted a point making for a respectable three points in four games to start the season. But the trend coming out of the Columbus loss and carrying through a loss in Winnipeg was a lack of offense in a pair of 2-1 losses. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe looks at the two-game (and it is very important to note that it is TWO games) scoring struggles and today’s Coffee Shop discusses the same topic.   Carolina Hurricanes poll questions Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual response.   How critical do you consider the Hurricanes current scoring issues to be? (1 not even an issue=>5 extremely critical) 1 - It's two games and too early to even consider it an issue. 2 - Worth watching but not worth reacting to just yet. 3 - Definitely time to make adjustments, but it's just a matter of figuring it out. 4 - I've seen enough. It's time for a sense of urgency from Bill Peters. 5 - Critical to the point where another slow start could be dooming. Francis needs to act. View Results  Loading ...   If you were running the Hurricanes, what would you do to boost scoring? (Select all that apply.) Invest practice time improving the power play and also getting the puck and players to the net. Try some different line...
Thursday Coffee Shop: Next up is the road

Thursday Coffee Shop: Next up is the road

The 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes hockey season is officially underway. The Hurricanes collected three out of a possible four points and will next try its hand on the road. If you have not read it already, today’s Daily Cup of Joe profiles Hurricanes hockey as relates to playing road games. The Thursday Coffee Shop will simultaneously look backward at the two home games to start the season and forward to the upcoming four-game road trip.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What are your thoughts on the Hurricanes picking up three points out of four in the two home games to start the season? I am ecstatic. 3 out of 4 points is a great start and a huge step up from anything in recent history which changes the vibe right out of the gate. Good enough. 4 out of 4 and an in-division win would have been better, but 3 points is playoff pace. Not horrible but somewhat disappointing. To make the playoffs in a tough division, the Canes need win in-division and are effectively 0-1 in trying to do that. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   How many points does it take for a successful four-game road trip? 7 or more. The Hurricanes need to make a big statement early to change the mentality. 6. The Hurricanes need to establish winning ways in a big way early. 5. Anything better than break even on the road is a clear success. 4. Treading water away from home is acceptable, especially after a 1-0-1 start at home. 3....
Monday Coffee Shop: Basking in the euphoria of a season-opening win

Monday Coffee Shop: Basking in the euphoria of a season-opening win

As I noted in my ‘What I’m watching’ preview, the Hurricanes have not had recent success in their opening, so Saturday’s wild win was a breath of fresh air and hopefully an early sign that things really are different this year. The Monday Coffee Shop will mostly offer up another day to savor Saturday’s win and at the same time consider what it means for the 2017-18 season. If you missed it, Canes and Coffee’s notes on Saturday’s game plus a number of great reader comments are HERE.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   What is the significance of Saturday's season-opening win? The break from recent history winning the first game is significant in terms of starting anew for 2017-18 and changing the attitude/mentality. It is an important two points after early season struggles the past couple years but is just a single game still. Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   After Sebastian Aho, which Hurricanes forward impressed you most positively in Saturday's win? Elias Lindholm Brock McGinn Joakim Nordstrom Victor Rask Derek Ryan Jeff Skinner Jordan Staal Justin Williams Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   What is your take on the non-call for goalie interference in the last second of play? Horrible call. The Wild player was in the crease and prevented Darling from playing the shot which by definition is interference. I'm torn. Darling found his way wide of the net on his own, but he was somewhat impeded after that, so it's hard to say. Correct call. Darling got to where...
Thursday Coffee Shop: 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes’ player predictions

Thursday Coffee Shop: 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes’ player predictions

With the 2017-18 NHL season officially launched on Wednesday night and the Hurricanes scheduled to start the season in just two days, this week is heavy on predictions for the upcoming season. The Monday Coffee Shop polls and discussion had reader predictions at the team level. Today’s Coffee Shop polls and discussion feature polls and discussion on individual player predictions for the 2017-18 season. First, we will do a final stop on the captain situation. As many know, the team is scheduled to announce its captains at a press conference at 12pm on Thursday. The Coffee Shop had polls on the subject of the captaincy on July 10 and then revisited the situation on September 5 right after Bill Peters said that the team would name a captain before the start of the 2017-18 season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   Which Hurricanes rookie currently on the roster will have the greatest impact on the 2017-18 season? Haydn Fleury Janne Kuokkanen Martin Necas View Results  Loading ...   Who will be the Hurricanes' most valuable player in 2017-18? Sebastian Aho Scott Darling Justin Faulk Noah Hanifin Elias Lindholm Brett Pesce Jeff Skinner Jaccob Slavin Jordan Staal Justin Williams Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   How will Scott Darling perform in his first season with the Hurricanes? Lights out. He pushes up close to Vezina Trophy consideration. Solid. He is a top 10ish NHL goalie. Good enough. He plays at about the NHL average which is a step up from recent seasons. Struggles. Like Eddie Lack, he has...
Monday Coffee Shop: Predicting the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes season

Monday Coffee Shop: Predicting the 2017-18 Carolina Hurricanes season

With opening night now only five days away, today’s Coffee Shop conversation will turn toward predicting the results for the 2017-18 NHL season at team level. Once the roster is finalized, we will loop back around on Thursday and bandy around similar predictions for individual players.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.   At the most basic level, will the Carolina Hurricanes make the 2018 NHL playoffs? Yes. No. View Results  Loading ...   Where will the Hurricanes finish in the standings? Outside of the playoffs looking in. In the playoffs but just barely in a wild card slot. Safely in the playoffs with at least the third slot for the Metropolitan Division. In the top two in the Metropolitan Division and likely in the top three in the Eastern Conference. View Results  Loading ...   If the Hurricanes do make the playoffs, what will be the biggest factor(s) propelling them upward? (Select up to two.) Improved goaltending courtesy of Scott Darling. Improved blue line defense via continued maturation of the young group. A significantly bigger boost offensively from the blue line. Increased scoring from the group of young forwards taking the next step upward. Justin Williams contributions both on the ice and in the locker room. Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris addition that solidifies the bottom half of the forwards defensively. Other (add in comments). View Results  Loading ...   If the Hurricanes fail to make the playoffs, what is likely to be the driving force? The injury bug that mostly avoided the Hurricanes in 2016-17 hits in a big...