Possible informal event note: I am considering rounding up a group for an informal watch event at Bond Brothers brewery in/near downtown Cary for Thursday’s game against the Islanders.

First is to get an informal headcount to see if/how many would attend. If you are a yes or a maybe for watching the game with other Canes fans at Bond Brothers on Thursday, please RSVP either via comments below, Twitter, website comment form or email to canesandcoffee at gmail dot com.

The tentative plan is to make a go/no go decision on this by Wednesday.


Despite the less than perfect ending with an overtime loss the Blackhawks, last week was clearly a success with a 2-0-1 record that took the Hurricanes from a game below .500 to a game above .500.

And just like that the roller coaster has lurched back upward. Fifteen games into the 2017-18 season, the Hurricanes are just tiny bit below where the started the season when everyone was 0-0 at the starting gate. The standings are misleading because of the Hurricanes deficit in games played, but if one uses games or points above .500 to adjust for games played, the Hurricanes are +1 and the cut line for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference right now has two teams tied for the eighth and final playoff spot at +2.

Timing is right to go ‘half full’ on a Monday. Today’s Daily Cup of Joe is entitled, “Carolina Hurricanes’ current trends upward.” And the Monday Coffee Shop polls and discussion will similarly take the opportunity presented to lean positive.


Carolina Hurricanes polls

Please remember to click ‘vote’ after each individual poll response.


What was your favorite underdog story from the Hurricanes 2-0-1 mark last week?

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The power play seems overdue to improve and/or catch a break. What will spark a power play improvement?

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Discussion questions


1) What changes do you anticipate on the power play? What effect do you think they will have?


2) If you could name only two positive trends with the team right now, what would they be?


3) Looking out 1-3 weeks, what is the next big positive story that you predict for the team?


Go Canes!

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