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Canes Country Feb 14, 2018
About Last Night: A Fat Trick of Impressiveness

About Last Night: A Fat Trick of Impressiveness

Line changes that worked? Justin Faulk’s multiple tricks? Or a seven-goal performance? Last night’s 7-3 win was the definition of the word Wow. A week ago we were worried about surpassing a three-goal threshold, then we break it - twice! -against a team that’s gunning for a Western wild card spot. To be fair, the Kings had a couple routine starters out of the lineup, but seven goals is seven goals is seven goals. Hard to argue dominance there. It left me wondering—what’s the most impressive part of the win? There’s a few contenders. 1) What the Faulk? It was Mardi Gras last...
Canes Country Feb 14, 2018
Storm Advisory: 2/14/18

Storm Advisory: 2/14/18

We love you. Reading Assignments Some interesting tidbits about the Canes in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts. Check out number 19 and 20. [Sportsnet] The Hurricanes have recalled Patrick Brown from the Charlotte Checkers. [Hurricanes] A Valentine’s Day CanesCast can only mean one guest: Derek Ryan, the Love Doctor. [Hurricanes] Terrible pun, but neat hats? Whale would you look at that!A few new knits have made their way to The Eye! pic.twitter.com/DPODWKMVmr— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) February 13, 2018 Ah, the Metro. Point projections over the past fortnight....
Canes Country Feb 13, 2018
Recap and Ranker: A Fat Tuesday Fat Trick

Recap and Ranker: A Fat Tuesday Fat Trick

The Canes jumped out to an early lead and finished with 11 points in their eight game stand. The Carolina Hurricanes entered the pivotal final game of their homestand coming off of back to back wins against the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings entered the game without Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, and Trevor Lewis in a hugely important game for both teams who are on the playoff bubble fighting for a playoff position. The Kings are one point out of a Western Conference wild card position, and the Hurricanes entered the game holding a one point lead...
Canes Country Feb 13, 2018
Kings at Canes: Game Night Hub

Kings at Canes: Game Night Hub

Another fight between two Wild Card contenders, but this time in different conferences. The Los Angeles Kings are trading coasts tonight to take on the Hurricanes as both teams battle for wild card positions—Kings looking from outside by a point, Canes from within by a point. For Carolina, Bill Peters has decided that after a three-game win streak, it’s time for drastic measures in line structures...wait, what? That’s right! The TSA line is now the MSL line (More Shots Line? Mighty Slammers League? Mandarin as a Second Language?) with Brock McGinnn, Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm....
Canes Country Feb 13, 2018
By the Numbers: Sebastian Aho’s Ascension

By the Numbers: Sebastian Aho’s Ascension

Sebastian Aho has built upon a strong rookie season with an outstanding sophomore campaign, but what kind of company is he keeping around the NHL? We’re beginning to get to the point in young Sebastian Aho’s NHL career where he isn’t all that much of a secret anymore. As a rookie at age 19, the Finn posted 24 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. A year later, he’s at 20 goals and 23 assists after just 53 games. He’s a lock to reach the 50 point mark in his second season, and could easily push toward 60 if all goes right. His rate production is looking stellar as well. When compared...
Canes Country Feb 13, 2018
Canes vs. Kings: Preview and Storm Advisory

Canes vs. Kings: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Canes take on the Los Angeles Kings with a two game win streak on the line. The Carolina Hurricanes wrap up the two game season series against the Los Angeles Kings tonight as they finish their eight-game homestand and attempt to keep up in the unforgiving playoff race. Game Notes The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 31-34-11 record, including a 19-13-6 record on home ice against the Kings. Tonight marks the second and final matchup between the sides this season. Their first came on December 9th, a game the Hurricanes lost in overtime. The teams split the two game series...
Canes Country Feb 12, 2018
A Faulking Conundrum

A Faulking Conundrum

Pondering a Justin Faulk trade and why it doesn’t make sense this season - for a couple of reasons. A 25-year-old defenseman just entering his prime seems like an unlikely asset to sell, right? The possibility became more concrete after Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman theorized that Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Faulk could possibly be included in a deal for Detroit’s Andreas Athanasiou. That specific deal is unlikely to come to pass, but what would a Faulk trade in general mean for the rest of the Hurricanes’ defense? To start, the premise of trading Faulk is not absurd on its...
Canes Country Feb 12, 2018
Behind Enemy Lines: Kings, Devils and Islanders

Behind Enemy Lines: Kings, Devils and Islanders

A Western Conference foe, followed by two massive Metro Division bouts highlight the week for the Canes. Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. at PNC Arena Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Carolina Hurricanes close out their season-long eight game homestand on Tuesday night with the only visit to Raleigh by the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings themselves are in the midst of their season-long seven game road trip that started with a 1-1 split in the Sunshine State. At 4-2-1 on the homestand heading into tomorrow’s tilt, a Canes win would go a long way in having the...
Canes Country Feb 12, 2018
Storm Advisory: 2/12/18

Storm Advisory: 2/12/18

Dustin Brown will get a one-game vacation to enjoy the municipal splendors of North Carolina’s capital city. Reading Assignments Kings forward Dustin Brown was suspended for one game for kneeing the Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev. That game? Tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. [NHL] You’ve probably seen the time lapse of the basketball-to-hockey changeover at PNC, but this is a new perspective from NSJ’s Shawn Krest: the changeover in real time through a Twitter thread. The whole thing is worth reading starting with this tweet. 4:41–Just 21 minutes after the first piece...
Canes Country Feb 11, 2018
About Last Night: Ginger Hair, Don’t Care

About Last Night: Ginger Hair, Don’t Care

The Canes kept the good times rolling behind a pair of goals from Brock McGinn. The Carolina Hurricanes have won back-to-back games on back-to-back nights. No, you’re not dreaming. The Canes topped the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 in the second game in as many nights, a feat they haven’t pulled off since December 15th & 16th. Just like any Hurricanes hockey experience, it was riddled with a few bad moments as well. And it started late in the first period. Justin Faulk received a pass at neutral ice and tripped over Carl Soderberg’s skate and the puck went flying into the Canes defensive...
Canes Country Feb 11, 2018
Storm Advisory: 2/11/18

Storm Advisory: 2/11/18

Canes down the Avs 3-1; Connecticut Governor attempts to woo Dundon Reading Assignments The Hurricanes put together one of their more complete efforts in completing the sweep of their back-to-back with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. [Canes Country] Luke DeCock of the News & Observer makes it clear that he supports new Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon embracing the franchise’s legacy in Hartford, but that politicians in the Nutmeg State need to stop the sad attempt to woo Dundon into bringing the team back to Connecticut for a regular season (or possibly an outdoor) game. [News &...
Canes Country Feb 10, 2018
Recap and Ranker: McGinn, Canes come from behind, top Avalanche

Recap and Ranker: McGinn, Canes come from behind, top Avalanche

Playoff spot? Statement win in a back to back? Check and check. A night after a comparatively easy win over the Vancouver Canucks, the Carolina Hurricanes were challenged to follow it up and prove that it wasn’t a fluke by dispatching the Colorado Avalanche and muscling their way back into a playoff spot. Mission accomplished. Brock McGinn scored twice and Jeff Skinner added the insurance goal as the Hurricanes came from behind to top the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Saturday night at PNC Arena. Cam Ward set the tone early with an incredible save on Gabriel Bourque, bailing out his defense...
Canes Country Feb 10, 2018
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game Preview and Discussion

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game Preview and Discussion

The Hurricanes take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight on the second leg of a back-to-back set. The Carolina Hurricanes come off of a much needed win last night to take on the Colorado Avalanche in their seventh game of the extended eight game home stand. Game Notes Brett Pesce scored just 14 seconds into last night’s tilt against the Canucks. His goal set a record for the fastest goal scored by a Hurricanes defensemen in franchise history. The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 48-71-23-1 record against the Avs, including a 30-26-13-1 record at home. Tonight is the second...
Canes Country Feb 10, 2018
About Last Night: How Much Does It Matter?

About Last Night: How Much Does It Matter?

In most aspects, this win meant a lot. In others, maybe not so much. Believe me when I say the 4-1 victory against the Canucks was a highlight of my week. It gave me great energy and an ounce of hope for our Hurricanes. We needed that win. However, I also am wary not to be overconfident about the win, no matter how decisive it is. So this ALN is devoted to seeing if we should temper our hopes for future sanity, should the Canes do what...the Canes do, honestly. Let’s look at some highlights of last night: 1) Oh hi there, Scott Darling Darling had a dandy of a night, as Mr. Forslund would...
Canes Country Feb 10, 2018
Storm Advisory: 2/10/18

Storm Advisory: 2/10/18

News and rumors from around the league and the Olympics. Reading Assignments Francis Aims to Power Up Hurricanes [NHL] P.K. Subban’s return to Montreal is a reminder of Marc Bergevin’s mistakes. [Sportsnet] The Islanders kind of went bananas on a five-minute power play. [Sportsnet] The combined Korean Olympic hockey team is ready to shed politics. [CBC] How have the Maple Leafs suddenly become so proficient in the shootout? [TSN] The Senators extended the contract of GM Pierre Dorion, then promptly told him to start selling. [NBC Sports] NHL Trade Buzz: Blackhawks not Buying this...
Canes Country Feb 9, 2018
Recap and Ranker: Energetic Hurricanes Throttle Canucks, 4-1

Recap and Ranker: Energetic Hurricanes Throttle Canucks, 4-1

Who said anything about scoring problems? If the powers that be for the Carolina Hurricanes wanted to send a message to their players by waiving forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on Thursday, you can consider that message received. Three first period goals from Brett Pesce, Phil Di Giuseppe, and Sebastian Aho got the Hurricanes going quickly and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. The Hurricanes had been sputtering around aimlessly for the last three games, but thanks to some simultaneous incompetence from some of their division rivals and fellow wild card hopefuls, they...
Canes Country Feb 9, 2018
Canucks at Canes: Game Night Hub

Canucks at Canes: Game Night Hub

The Canes host the Canucks as they attempt to get back on the winning track. Trade speculation has begun to swirl in Carolina as the recent three-game losing streak raises many of the familiar questions about whether the Hurricanes, as constructed, can remain in the thick of the playoff hunt. The first set of moves for the Canes took place yesterday as Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris both were placed on waivers. They have since cleared waivers and have been sent to AHL Charlotte. Tonight should be a night in which Canes fans arrive confident, as the Vancouver Canucks visit for the only time...
Canes Country Feb 9, 2018
Systems Analyst: A Netfront Present

Systems Analyst: A Netfront Present

The Canes now have a perfect example of how to get to create garbage goals from in close. The Carolina Hurricanes are not a team known for grinding in the corners or in front of the net. At least, not in the offensive zone. And yet, Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal the other night against the Philadelphia Flyers by winning a battle and parking himself in prime scoring territory with a man-advantage. Imagine that. Ironically, it’s not a play the Canes should look to replicate — more on that below — but it does give them a walkthrough on how to play in and around the crease....
Canes Country Feb 9, 2018
Hurricanes Send Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris to Checkers

Hurricanes Send Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris to Checkers

Kruger and Jooris went unclaimed after being waived on Thursday. The Carolina Hurricanes have assigned Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris to the Charlotte Checkers. The two forwards were placed on waivers on Thursday and went unclaimed. Kruger was acquired via trade from the Vegas Golden Knights on July 4. He logged six points in 48 games prior to getting waived. According to CapFriendly, sending the former Blackhawk to the AHL reduces his cap hit by 33%. Though, that doesn’t factor in too much given Carolina’s near league-high cap room. By burying Krüger in the minors, his $3,083,333 cap...
Canes Country Feb 9, 2018
Quick Whistles: Pointing Fingers, Jeff Skinner, and Trade Rumors

Quick Whistles: Pointing Fingers, Jeff Skinner, and Trade Rumors

A string of poor efforts has forced Carolina’s hand as their playoff hopes start to dwindle. There are reasons to think that things are falling apart for the Carolina Hurricanes. At the 54-game mark, they are on the wrong side of the playoff cut line, they have dished out three consecutive efforts that have ranged from questionable to unacceptable, and their troubled offense has reached a low-point as they haven’t hit the magic number of three goals in any of their last five games and have done so just twice in their last ten games. With relentless disappointment comes blame, but...

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