Gm62 @Dal: New look Canes falter in 4-1 loss to the Stars

Gm62 @Dal: New look Canes falter in 4-1 loss to the Stars

In the aftermath of a wild Saturday win with an EBUG goalie and then a crazy three-trade deadline day, the Canes took back to the ice with a squad that looked significantly different than just a few days ago. In net was Alex Nedeljkovic and in front of him were newcomers Vincent Trocheck and Brady Skjei. And also significantly, every man hero David Ayres who was the winning goalie in Saturday’s game was in the house to sound the siren.   Recap of Hurricanes 4-1 loss to the Stars The hope going into the game had to be that the Canes would ride the momentum from a fun but also strong game on Saturday. But against a difficult team to play against, any momentum ended quickly. Sebastian Aho played a puck around the wall in the defensive zone to Brady Skjei. Skjei whiffed on it which resulted in a rapid transition with no time to cover and a quick pass to the front of the net. Nedeljkovic made a good save on the initial chance but spit out  a rebound that was quickly behind him. In terms of volume of time, the first period was actually a decent one for the Hurricanes. The new third line centered by Trocheck posted a few good chances and the Hurricanes won the shot and possession time battle. But playing against a good defensive team, the Canes were beaten by a limited number of high-grade counter punches caused by short to significant lapses. Two more came late. First, Hintz blew right through Edmundson and Fleury off the rush for a solo effort goal....
Gm61 @Tor: Zamboni driver David Ayres leads Canes to Miracle on Ice in Toronto

Gm61 @Tor: Zamboni driver David Ayres leads Canes to Miracle on Ice in Toronto

Where to even begin. As I said on Twitter shortly after Saturday’s game ended: Guess I have to write a recap, but it was definitely one of those nights when you had to be there. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) February 23, 2020 Forty years to the from the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid, New York in 1980, Saturday’s game offered another hockey miracle of epic proportions. The game started as a hard-fought game between two teams needing points to make the playoffs and had a bit of extra rough and tumble. That rough and tumble ultimately made for a night to go down in not just Hurricanes but NHL history. James Reimer left the game in the first period after Jaccob Slavin was plowed into him for a goalie interference penalty. Then Petr Mrazek inexplicably went to play a puck way out of net and toward the side boards. With his head down trying to play the puck, Kyle Clifford hit an oncoming Mrazek like a truck. Mrazek, his helmet and his stick all went flying and Mrazek landed head first on the ice. And that is when the story begins. Emergency backup goalie David Ayres took the net for the Canes midway through the third period. Suddenly, the Hurricanes 3-1 lead did not look so good. The Hurricanes tacked on another goal to go up 4-1, but when John Tavares and Pierre Engvall beat Ayres like the rec league goalie that he is, this game seemed certain to tilt in the Maple Leafs favor in the final period plus. But the Hurricanes dialed up their compete...
Gm60 Vs. NYR: Canes woes versus Rangers continue in 5-2 loss

Gm60 Vs. NYR: Canes woes versus Rangers continue in 5-2 loss

Arguably the best news coming out of Friday’s match up against the Rangers was the fact that the the Hurricanes are not scheduled to play them again during the 2019-20 season. The 5-2 thrashing on Friday at PNC Arena pushed the Canes record against the Blue Shirts to an unceremonious 0-4. Though the level of play was maybe not up to quite the same level as the win in Nashville on Tuesday, the Hurricanes again started okay. The game was reasonably even early on with the first turning point in the game coming 12 minutes into the first period. On the first power play of the game, the Hurricanes mustered a series of good chances on four shots on net only to be stymied by rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin. Less than three minutes later while cycling back to fill in at the point, Jordan Staal fired off of a challenging Mika Zibanejad spring him for a breakaway and the game’s first goal. The period was pretty even overall, but the Hurricanes emerged with an unfair 1-0 deficit. Playing in his 300th game, Brock McGinn scored on a heady, patient play. With the puck on his stick and room/time to chuck a harmless shot at the net from an odd angle, McGinn instead showed patience and navigated open ice right across the top of the circles before finally turning to shoot against and beat a moving Shesterkin. The rest of the second period is mostly about how you want to spin it. On the one hand, the Rangers scored twice on unlucky bounces off of Canes’ defensemen’s skates. Mrazek had no...
Gm59 @Nas: Canes ride one of most complete games of the season to 4-1 win over Predators

Gm59 @Nas: Canes ride one of most complete games of the season to 4-1 win over Predators

After a decent but imperfect three points out of four at home over the weekend, the Hurricanes had a single road game on Tuesday on Nashville before returning home Friday. Against a Predators team that came in with three straight wins, the Canes posted one of their most complete games of the season on the way to a 4-1 win. The Hurricanes started strong which has been a rarity of late. The couple penalties that they took were defending scoring chances, and the penalty kill came through. The team was again led by the top line which was on fire, but balance which has been mostly missing was also there. When I look back through the schedule, the last game that I would consider comparing to this one was 3-0 win at home over Arizona on January 10. If one wanted to pick a recent game to model the rest of the season after, Tuesday’s game would be it.   Recap of Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators The game started with the Hurricanes dialing things up out of the gate. The Hurricanes had six of the first seven shots and struck first when a good effort by Jordan Staal’s line. First, Justin Williams helped win a 50/50 face-off. Then the group headed to the front of the net to make a mess. Finally, Williams retrieved the puck behind the net and fed Staal who finished. Momentum was slowed a bit when Sebastian Aho took a penalty, but even that was a contrast to recent struggles. As opposed to being an unnecessary penalty, Aho was battling to defend...
Gm58 Vs. Edm: Canes falter behind couple mistakes but nab OTL point versus Oilers

Gm58 Vs. Edm: Canes falter behind couple mistakes but nab OTL point versus Oilers

In an ideal world, the Carolina Hurricanes would be able to grind out a few 3-2 or even 2-1 wins in games when they did not dial it up offensively but played a sound and stingy game defensively. But that does not seem to be in the cards for the current iteration of the Hurricanes that are capable of scoring in bunches sometimes in breathtaking fashion late in games but also just continue to be a bit off in terms of attention to detail. The Canes 4-3 overtime loss to the Oilers on Sunday represented the seventh time in eight games since the All-Star break that the Canes opponent scored three or more goals allowing 3.88 goals per game in that time frame. The story was a bit the same too. In terms of sheer volume of time, the Hurricanes played a decent game on Sunday, but paid dearly for a few costly errors that generated offense for an Edmonton team that maybe needed a bit of help in that regard. Two Edmonton goals came on power plays from unnecessary offensive zone penalties by the Canes (Svechnikov and Haula). )Technically one was not a power play but came just seconds after a power play ended with Edmonton still on the attack.) And the third in regulation came when van Riemsdyk coughed the puck up against the forecheck and then failed to recognize that a forward would not get back quick enough to help. (He basically played the player with the puck like it was a 2-on-2 which made a pass too easy for a point blank chance and goal.)...
Gm57 Vs. NJ: Canes FINALLY take care of business versus Metro in 5-2 win over the Devils

Gm57 Vs. NJ: Canes FINALLY take care of business versus Metro in 5-2 win over the Devils

On Friday night the Carolina Hurricanes toted a 1-7-1 record against Metropolitan Division teams below them in the standings into a home match up against the New Jersey Devils. Sitting four points out of the last playoff spot but with two games in hand, the time was getting late to correct this Achilles’ heel. And at least on this night the Hurricanes did exactly that with a 5-2 win. The game started ominously with the Devils dominating play early, and the Canes taking an early penalty (Jordan Staal). The start was eerily reminiscent of the poor starts in each of the four games on the recent road trip. But the Hurricanes managed to weather the storm early and actually scored first when Nino Niederreiter flipped a fairly harmless looking shot into traffic. A screened Louis Domingue could not find the shot, but the twine at the back of the net did giving the Hurricanes an undeserved 1-0 lead. The play featured another goal against where the forwards did not hold up their end of the bargain defensively. Jaccob Slavin and Trevor van Riemsdyk were back in decent position to defend a 3-on-2 rush, but help never arrived such that a nifty passing play led to a tap in goal. But following a similar theme as the first goal, a Brett Pesce shot into traffic found Warren Foegele who finished through the mess of bodies in front. The Hurricanes exited the first period with a 2-1 lead by virtue of doing a great job of creating chaos at the top of the crease but in general losing the first period...