Gm17 @Ott: Canes sputter early and stumble to fourth straight loss 4-1 to the Senators

Gm17 @Ott: Canes sputter early and stumble to fourth straight loss 4-1 to the Senators

Coming out of a strong effort against the New York Rangers, I was optimistic that that game could serve as a foundation for a next step up for the 2019-20 Carolina Hurricanes. For that to happen would require the Hurricanes to do two things. First would be to double down on the intensity, effort and determination from Tuesday. Second would be to clean up the growing number of defensive messes. On Saturday night in Ottawa a capitulation period for the defensive issued snowed the team under by the end of the first period maybe so early that it was impossible to get a read on much else in this game. With a three-game losing streak coming into the game and the need for some urgency, Jordan Staal took a slashing penalty nine seconds into the game. In retrospect, that seemed to forewarn of what was to come. Also open to interpretation was Ryan Dzingel fighting early in the first period. In 2018-19, I thought that Jordan Martinook, Micheal Ferland and Justin Williams had an incredibly good feel for the pulse of the team. Martinook had a knack for dialing up big hits early in games when the team needed it. Ferland did the same and also dropped the gloves a few times. And Williams had a surly attitude when the team’s play dictated surly early in the season. Sometimes teams needs someone to make some kind of statement that things NOT OKAY. The fact that the biggest thing I could point to to suggest someone had the pulse was a Dzingel fight maybe says a lot. My count was...
Gm16 Vs. NYR: Canes struggle to solve Lundqvist and drop 3rd straight in 4-2 loss to Rangers

Gm16 Vs. NYR: Canes struggle to solve Lundqvist and drop 3rd straight in 4-2 loss to Rangers

On Thursday night at PNC Arena, the Carolina Hurricanes for the third straight time. To add salt to the wound, all three of those losses were to Metropolitan Division foes who were below the Hurricanes in the standings. Right now, the Hurricanes are doing everything within their power to assure that the battle for playoff and wild card spots within the division is a dog fight that includes as many teams as possible. But as I said on Twitter shortly after the game ended, I think Thursday was much more positive than negative. This might sound odd, but I actually think #Canes 4-2 loss on Thursday to #NYR was more of a step in the right direction rather than wrong direction. Post is open for reader comments. Recap/notes will follow a bit later=> https://t.co/wuktbkzBgj — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) November 8, 2019 Other than the result on the scoreboard, the first period was easily among the team’s best on the season. If graded without consideration for scoring, I think one could make a case that it was the team’s best. The period was reasonably even early on, but as the period wore on the Canes gave the Rangers fits trying to move the puck out of their own end. The forecheck regularly coughed up pucks. The Hurricanes kept things simple and shot whenever possible. And they even did a good job of getting bodies to the front of the net. The result was arguably the team’s best sustained pressure of the entire season. There were stretches during the latter half of the first period where the game looked like...
Gm15 @Phi: Canes fade in third period and lose 4-1 to the Flyers

Gm15 @Phi: Canes fade in third period and lose 4-1 to the Flyers

Tuesday’s match up against the Flyers got off to an okay start before the Flyers struck with an early power play goal to take an early lead. But the first period was actually pretty good overall for the Hurricanes and easily the best of the night despite the 1-0 deficit at the end of it. The Hurricanes had the upper hand in terms of puck possession, won the shots battle 14 to 10 and generally had the better of scoring chances other than the Flyers power play tally. The early going was not really that different from a couple big Canes wins like the ones over Florida and Detroit that saw the Canes with an advantage early. The difference is that on Tuesday the Hurricanes did not finish in bunches to sprint out to a lead. And the Hurricanes attention to detail degraded as the game wore on. From the latter half of the first period to the end of the second period, the Hurricanes gave up numerous odd man rushes. Gardiner/Pesce were on for two, Slavin/Hamilton for two and Edmundson/Pesce for another as a result of a poorly-timed line change. Basically, the Hurricanes were winning in terms of quality of low-end chances but losing as measured by break downs and grade A chances against. But in the middle of it all, Trevor van Riemsdyk found Lucas Wallmark parked in front of the net for the tying goal. With that goal and Petr Mrazek standing tall on a number of odd man chances, the Hurricanes entered the third period tied at 1-1. But the Hurricanes failed to ignite in...
Gm14 Vs. NJ: Canes lose home stand finale 5-3 to the Devils

Gm14 Vs. NJ: Canes lose home stand finale 5-3 to the Devils

After a wild win over the Red Wings on Friday to push to 3-0 on the current four-game home stand, the Hurricanes looked to close out the run at a perfect 4-0 against the New Jersey Devils. Saturday’s game was a bit tighter and disjointed as compared to Friday’s free-flowing affair versus the Red Wings. The Hurricanes had a decent number of ‘almosts’ early including Jaccob Slavin springing Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov for a 2-on-1, but the pass did not connect. Dougie Hamilton put a couple pucks on net. And the Hurricanes were also better in the neutral zone. The Hurricanes would score first on a pretty passing play that saw all five players touch the puck. Svechnikov moved the puck to Slavin who advanced and fed Gardiner who passed across to Aho who found Foegele for a pretty backhand finish. After having a goal taken away on an offside call yesterday, Foegele finally netted his first of the season. The Devils struck back when James Reimer was a little slow getting his body across to the post after a shot caromed off the end boards and back in front. The Hurricanes would score next on the power play when Andrei Svechnikov burst in from the left side, put a puck on net and had the rebound find Teuvo Teravainen who finished. Just when it looked like the Hurricanes would exit the first period with a 2-1 lead, Dougie Hamilton took an unnecessary neutral zone penalty and James Reimer had a shot leak through him ultimately to be deposited into the net by rookie Jack Hughes. The Hurricanes...
Gm13 Vs. Det: Canes win wild one 7-3 over the Red Wings

Gm13 Vs. Det: Canes win wild one 7-3 over the Red Wings

The first period of Friday’s match up against the Detroit Red Wings was actually a fairly entertaining affair with two goals scored and a good pace with scoring chances in both directions. The Hurricanes scored first when Andrei Svechknikov scored his fifth in three games when Jaccob Slavin made a good play to keep the puck in the offensive zone and had the puck fortuitously roll off his stick right to Svechnikov who finished from in close. Detroit actually had the upper hand by a modest margin for much of the first period. The Red Wings go from defense to offense with speed as well as any team in the NHL, and it regularly created chances to attack of the rush. The Wings finally broke through when Hamilton and Slavin both let a Red Wing behind them in the offensive zone. The result was a quick pass across to Anthony Mantha right through a diving Martin Necas for a quick finish. The first period had a good pace, back and forth attacking and a decent number of scoring chances. …but it was NOTHING compared to what followed in the second period. The final tally was six actual goals. Three challenges including a waived off goal. And at least four more near misses. Pretty much the entire period was high-speed shinny at its finest. I am sure Brind’Amour was not impressed but for the fans in attendance the entertainment value was high. The four Canes tallies included a pretty maneuver and pass of the rush from Ryan Dzingel to Margin Necas who finished in addition to two Sebastian Aho goals...
Gm12 Vs. Cal: Andrei Svechnikov leads Canes to 2-1 win over the Flames

Gm12 Vs. Cal: Andrei Svechnikov leads Canes to 2-1 win over the Flames

On Thursday night at PNC Arena, the Carolina Hurricanes closed out a strong 8-3-1 October with a hard-fought win over the Calgary Flames. The 2-1 score is misleading in terms of NHL entertainment value. The game had a good pace to it, decent chances both ways and even some physical play and chippiness. The score was kept down only by the fact that both goalies played well. The game did not start out auspiciously for the Hurricanes. Some of the sloppiness that has plagued the team intermittently of late reared its head. The Flames scored first when Jordan Staal lost track of Elias Lindholm after the two were entangled. Lindholm wired a shot from between the face-off circles and beat Mrazek. Later in the period, Jake Gardiner failed to clear a puck from just inside the defensive blue line. Then Martin Necas trailed a Flames player instead of playing into the passing lane to the front of the net. The result was a quick transition and goal before the Hurricanes could sort things out and defend. But the Canes caught a break when a challenge ruled the play offside and disallowed the goal. The first period featured a few other miscues and issues defending, but the Canes were luck to escape with only a 1-0 deficit. The second period started much better. The Hurricanes forecheck was effective early, and the Hurricanes had the better of play through the first half of the second period. But with no luck on the scoreboard after the early push, the game was still an uphill battle for the Canes. Calgary picked up the...