Gm76 Vs. Ott: Warren Foegele joins AHL brigade which propels Canes to 3-1 win over the Senators

Gm76 Vs. Ott: Warren Foegele joins AHL brigade which propels Canes to 3-1 win over the Senators

Fueled by youthful energy and the optimism that they provide for the future, the Carolina Hurricanes have suddenly become at least temporarily fun again. Warren Foegele received headline coverage at Canes and Coffee during day prior to his NHL debut on Monday night. A detailed Daily Cup of Joe article recapped his career to this point and assessed his prospects and potential role at the NHL level. And our “Checkers check ins” series kicked off with an update on Foegele’s 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Checkers. And Warren Foegele proceeded to justify all of the attention with a goal and an assist and the first star the Hurricanes 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Not to be outdone and pushed to the side as old news, veteran Valentin Zykov (he of 6 NHL games coming into Monday) also continued his scoring ways finishing from his office at the top of the crease on a rebound off a shot by none other than Warren Foegele. Zykov continues to not look out of place defensively or otherwise while continuing to find the score sheet regularly. In total, I thought the Hurricanes played better in Monday’s win than the win in Ottawa on Saturday. The intermittent defensive break downs were there again, but the Hurricanes decreased the sheer volume and reverted back to the norm of out-shooting opponents. The Senators mustered only 20 shots on the night compared to the Hurricanes 40. Warren Foegele opened the scoring late in the first period on what looked like a fairly harmless play but also one that showed that good things can happen when you...
Gm75 Vs. Ott: Canes late season offensive surge continues in 5-2 win over the Senators

Gm75 Vs. Ott: Canes late season offensive surge continues in 5-2 win over the Senators

The Hurricanes offense continued its recent scoring ways on Saturday night in Ottawa and pushed the team to its second consecutive win. The 5-2 win boosted the goal total to 11 in the the past two games with many of the contributors from Thursday featuring prominently again on Saturday. The Hurricanes actually started slow and relied on Cam Ward to keep them in the game early. Ward did exactly that, as team in front of him gained its footing and built a game with opportunistic scoring. Phil Di Giuseppe struck first when he beat Mike Condon from an odd angle on a Valentin Zykov pass from behind the boards behind the net. Ottawa struck back when Bobby Ryan won a battle versus Roland McKeown for ice in front of the net and tipped a puck past Ward from close range. The first period finished with that 1-1 score. The Hurricanes were uncharacteristically out-shot 12 to 5 and had a tough period defensively that Ward was mostly able to cover up. The second period was more of the same. The Hurricanes continued to struggle in terms of managing the puck. Noah Hanifin looked rusty after a couple days off in terms of his defensive gaps defending the rush and also handling the puck. Haydn Fleury had a couple turnovers. And in total, the Hurricanes blue line that was minus veterans Brett Pesce and Justin Faulk played the kind of game that could have been another painful shellacking. But continuing the first period theme that saw the Canes more opportunistic than good, Brock McGinn scored the only goal in the second...
Gm74 Vs. Ari: Canes prevail 6-5 over Yotes in fun game of shinny

Gm74 Vs. Ari: Canes prevail 6-5 over Yotes in fun game of shinny

Ugh…Has not happened in awhile, but I just managed to lose most of the recap when it seemed to disappear into the ether. Figures it would be after a fun win with a decent number of positives. Rather than trying to recreate it, I will just jump to the bullet points.   Notes from the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5 win over the Arizona Coyotes 1) Valentin Zykov Playing with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen, he had a tremendous game all around. He finished a pretty goal labeling a shot off the rush and an ugly goal banging in a rebound after setting a screen. He was a partial screen on another goal by Teravainen. And he showed a good knack for closing angles and space defensively in all three zones. Two smaller things jumped out to me. First was a sequence in the second period. He was twice parked in front of the net and had to leave to win/support the puck. In both cases, he immediately returned to the front of the net afterward. His simple ‘when at all possible just go to the top of the crease’ style of play is both refreshing and productive. The other was a two on two rush in the third period where Zykov smartly gave the puck to Aho and then stormed to the front of the net.   2) Elias Lindholm He had two pretty playmaking assists distributing the puck from his office at the side of the net. While maybe not the traditional playmaking center who likes to carry the puck in space and then distribute it, Lindholm continues to...
Gm73 Vs. Edm: Who says a team is limited to one capitulation implosion? Canes lose 7-3 to Oilers

Gm73 Vs. Edm: Who says a team is limited to one capitulation implosion? Canes lose 7-3 to Oilers

Times continue to be tough for the team and the part of the fan base that is so loyal as to stay on the ship even as it is sinking in a horrible way for the 2017-18 season. There was brief reprieve with a road win on Sunday, but the past three trips to PNC Arena have been nothing short of brutal, and the team has now lost four straight and seven out of the last eight at home. The scene has become such a train wreck that this point that sorting through individual details mostly seems to miss the point. I am on record from one week ago after the abysmal loss to the Bruins as saying that the season was over and that the time was now to cut ties with Bill Peters with the aim of keeping the remainder of the season from sucking energy from the team going forward. I still think that is the best path forward, though the situation is complicated by the bigger picture. Tom Dundon is in a really tough spot right now. It could not be more obvious that Peters has lost this team, but with no @NHLCanes GM & building rumblings/impression that Dundon is too hands on, firing Peters is another step in that direction. — Canes and Coffee (@CanesandCoffee) March 21, 2018 As for the game on Tuesday, at a high level the game was a loosely played game by two non-playoff teams who largely showed why they were in the non-playoff part of the NHL standings. Break downs and loose plays at least offered sugary entertainment in...
Gm72 Vs. NYI: Canes fight through 3rd period for 4-3 rebound win over the Islanders

Gm72 Vs. NYI: Canes fight through 3rd period for 4-3 rebound win over the Islanders

More important than the details is the simple fact that the Canes pushed back into the win column after a pair of ugly home losses. The team even encountered their recent demons from the third period but persevered and netted a rebound win. Likely fighting it a bit after a couple tough losses, the Hurricanes got off to a good start in similar fashion to Saturday’s game. Again, Jaccob Slavin created a shooting lane from the point, capitalized on traffic in front courtesy of Joakim Nordstrom and benefited when the puck caromed off an Islander defenseman’s skate and in. Barely after the rejoicing for the first goal ended, the Hurricanes struck again when Lee Stempniak who was playing in his 900th NHL game skated freely into an open gap and fired from between the face-off circles. The second period continued on the same course early on. Scott Darling stepped up to make a handful of good saves to maintain the two-goal lead including a stop on John Tavares at close range. But when Josh Bailey scored on a tip midway through the second period, and Anders Lee followed it up with a power play goal less than two minutes later, tensions rose again. Next Jaccob Slavin made another offensive play finding a shooting lane and getting a puck through for a Joakim Nordstrom. Victor Rask when flooded the front of the net and finished the rebound. The goal seemed to help the team get its footing, settle down and avoid an immediate implosion similar to the two previous games. The result was a 3-2 lead entering the third period....
Gm71 Vs. Phi: Canes falter late again and lose 4-2 to the Flyers

Gm71 Vs. Phi: Canes falter late again and lose 4-2 to the Flyers

Though the implosion was not nearly as magnanimous as the 4-1 lead that was blown in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to the Boston Bruins, the story of Saturday’s loss was still another brutal third period that twice saw the Hurricanes give up one-goal leads in the third period on the way to a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Call it snake bit. Call it fragile. Call it not good enough. Call it whatever you want, but the team is struggling mightily right now. The script was somewhat familiar. The first period was a bit loose both ways and far from perfect in terms of attention to detail defensively for the Hurricanes, but the good guys generally got the better of play and exited the period with a 1-0 lead. The goal came when Jaccob Slavin was able to create a shooting lane from near the blue line and got the puck to the front of the net where Jordan Staal deflected it into the net for a goal. Noah Hanifin had a couple really good chances offensively, and the Hurricanes in total had a good period offensively. The second period was lighter on shot volume but similarly saw intermittent defensive lapses create grade A scoring chances. Cam Ward fended off a breakaway and a couple other good scoring chances. And the Hurricanes also mustered a couple more near misses but not goals to put the game into the third period with the Hurricanes clinging to a 1-0 lead. The third period was mostly just salt in open wounds for the Hurricanes hockey community right now. The situation felt ominous...