Thursday Coffee Shop: 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes predictions (polls and discussion questions)

Thursday Coffee Shop: 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes predictions (polls and discussion questions)

Canes hockey is back!!!!! Check out also part 2 of 2 for our Canes season preview HERE. With the start of the 2020-21 season now only hours away, today’s Coffee Shop polls and questions ask for your predictions for the Carolina Hurricanes 2020-21 season.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click ‘vote’ for each individual poll.   In what place will the Hurricanes finish in the regular season? 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th View Results  Loading ...   How far will the Hurricanes advance in the 2021 NHL Playoffs? Will not make the playoffs Will lose in the first round. Will win one round. Will win 2 rounds and emerge from the Central Division Will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Will win the Stanley Cup. View Results  Loading ...   Which (relative) newcomer to the lineup will have the biggest impact? Jake Bean Jesper Fast Morgan Geekie Alex Nedeljkovic Brady Skjei Vincent Trocheck Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who will be the Hurricanes 2020-21 most valuable player? Sebastian Aho Dougie Hamilton Petr Mrazek Brett Pesce James Reimer Jaccob Slavin Jordan Staal Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Vincent Trocheck Other (add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Which player will have the biggest rebound in 2020-21? Ryan Dzingel Jake Gardiner Nino Niederreiter None of the above View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) What do you predict for the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes as a team?   2) Pick a couple players and share your predictions?   3) What is one longshot prediction for the Hurricanes 2020-21 season?  ...
Monday Coffee Shop: Assessing the new division foes (Polls and discussion)

Monday Coffee Shop: Assessing the new division foes (Polls and discussion)

Our second set of Coffee Shop polls with discussion focuses on the Hurricanes newly-minted division and its new set of foes. See also the two-part preview that profiles each team. Part 1 from Friday features the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. Part 2 from today features the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.   Carolina Hurricanes polls Remember to click enter for each individual poll. Who do you think will win the Discover NHL Central Division? Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Which four teams do you predict will make the playoffs? (Select 4) Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   As a Hurricanes fan, which team do you most dread playing? Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   For entertainment value, which division foe do you most look forward to watching? Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning View Results  Loading ...   Carolina Hurricanes discussion questions   1) Who wins the Discover Central Division and why?   2) Which team, if any, do you think will surprise by being significantly better than many expect?   3) What do you think it takes for the Hurricanes to secure a playoff spot or better yet challenge for the division crown?  ...
The Coffee Shop returns:  You build the Canes 2020-21 forward lines (polls & discussion)

The Coffee Shop returns: You build the Canes 2020-21 forward lines (polls & discussion)

After a long hiatus with more of the regular conversation happening more spontaneously in any and all articles, Canes and Coffee will reach back to its roots with (hopefully) regular Monday and Thursday ‘The Coffee Shop’ posts featuring polls and discussions centered around a timely Canes topic. Today’s first 2021 topic reopens The Coffee Shop for debate and discussion the 2020-21 Carolina Hurricanes forward lines. After you have voted and commented, check out also today’s Daily Cup of Joe which shares Matt’s thoughts on the same topic. Mostly out of simplicity for making workable polls without a gazillion combinations, the starting assumption (at least for the polls) is that Aho, Trocheck, Staal and Geekie will each center a line which means picking two wings for each center.   Carolina Hurricanes hockey polls Remember to click ‘Vote’ for each individual poll. Who should play wing on Sebastian Aho's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who should play wing on Jordan Staal's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who should play wing on Vincent Trocheck's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook Brock McGinn Martin Necas Nino Niederreiter Andrei Svechnikov Teuvo Teravainen Other (Add in comments) View Results  Loading ...   Who should play wing on Morgan Geekie's line? (Pick 2) Ryan Dzingel Jesper Fast Warren Foegele Jordan Martinook...
Why Steven Stamkos to the Hurricanes makes sense

Why Steven Stamkos to the Hurricanes makes sense

See also today’s Daily Cup of Joe article today covers the draft and front part of the off-season (free agents and trades) more generally HERE. After writing a broader article about the draft and front part of the off-season including player additions, a quick check of hockey Twitter now officially on the day of the 2020 NHL Draft yielded this… A big reason for moving 💵 is to be able to sign those young RFAs. Notably absent from untouchable list is captain Steven Stamkos. That doesn’t guarantee Stamkos will be dealt but it’s within realm of possibility though his health could obviously be a factor. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 6, 2020   Targeting the single greatest single slot for potential gain I am on record as not just saying, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” to every big name that hits the market. I have already hard passed on Patrik Laine and almost by default on the ever popular “look shiny things” deals that consider trading out of an incredible contract and core player in Brett Pesce to do a sideways deal to add a comparable level forward. But I am also on record as saying that the single biggest area for a difference-making trade for the Hurricanes is to add a bona fide catalyst/scoring C2. The Hurricanes finally have a legitimate first scoring line really need a second line to have the depth and balance to beat good teams in the playoffs especially in road games where the opponent dictates match ups. Evidence suggests that Don Waddell knows this and has the same focus. The tried Necas as a center...
Watch points for Wednesday

Watch points for Wednesday

Usually, my ‘What I’m watching’ is a game day article.But with hockey now only a day away after a four-month layoff, I think it is fair to jump into it a bit early especially given the unprecedented circumstances with the game being the lone exhibition game before parachuting straight into playoff hockey only three days later. So today’s Daily Cup of Joe has at least a first set of watch points for the Canes exhibition game against the Capitals on Wednesday at 4pm.   General team level Jump Under Rod Brind’Amour, the Hurricanes have generally been fast out of the gate in preseason. Other teams catch up by the start of the regular season which is all that matters, but under normal circumstances that is three weeks later. Is that preseason advantage mostly a function of the fact that the games do not matter? Or is it something that will repeat even when the games matter? Teams that take a week or two to get up to speed will likely exit the bubble quickly and start looking toward the 2020-21 season. So on Wednesday, I will be watching closely to see if the Canes seem to have the same advantage in terms of jump and intensity.   Crispness After a four-month layoff from real games, there is likely to be some sloppiness. The question will be which teams can shake off any rust and find at least a mid-season rhythm sooner rather than later. Wednesday represents a first look at how ready the Canes are to play real hockey with a good measuring stick on the other bench.  ...
Hurricanes acquire center Vincent Trocheck from Florida for Lucas Wallmark, Erik Haula, Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen

Hurricanes acquire center Vincent Trocheck from Florida for Lucas Wallmark, Erik Haula, Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen

See also initial thoughts on Canes obtaining defenseman Sami Vatanen from the New Jersey Devils for prospect Janne Kuokkanen and a conditional fourth-round pick. See also initial thoughts on Hurricanes acquisition of defenseman Brady Skjei from the New York Rangers for a 2020 first-round draft pick.   Late morning, the Canes jumped in with both feet into the 2020 NHL trade deadline frenzy when they acquired center Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers in exchange for NHLers Lucas Wallmark and Erik Haula and prospects Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen.   Filling a need In Vincent Trocheck, the Hurricanes filled a need that has existed for literally a decade. With Jordan Staal as a defense-leaning top 6 center whose strength is not scoring or playmaking, a balanced scoring lineup for the Hurricanes requires the team to have a higher-end scoring first line but equally importantly a third line that leans offense and can generate scoring chances. With Sebastian Aho anchoring the top line, the first line objective has been achieved, and as we have seen recently when the team goes top-heavy for the first line with Aho, Teravainen and Svechnikov, it can be lights out. But as has been the case in many games since that line was put together, the Hurricanes have been a bit of a one-headed monster. To make the model work, the team needs a third line that can also drive offense. And in today’s NHL, a consistent scoring line generally needs two things. First and foremost, the line needs a playmaker who can on a consistent basis generate scoring chances for his two line mates....