11:03 PM EST, Tue January 23, 2018
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Hurricanes Slip Further Away from Playoff Spot in 3-1 Loss to Penguins

Hurricanes Slip Further Away from Playoff Spot in 3-1 Loss to Penguins

The Canes come up shot on the road as the Pens avenged their 0-2 start in the season series. The Carolina Hurricanes had an opportunity to pull closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night, but the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to fend off the Canes at PPG Paints Arena and strengthen their hold on a wild-card spot, winning by a score of 3-1. After a high-paced, back and forth first period, the Hurricanes got on the board first in the second stanza. Derek Ryan was able to corral and slam home a rebound past Casey DeSmith and give the road team a lead. Less then a...
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Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins: Rosters and Game Discussion

Carolina Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Penguins: Rosters and Game Discussion

Pesce will likely make his return tonight in the Steel City. Here are the projected lines and open discussion forum. The Hurricanes are slowly bringing back injured players, and it looks like tonight should see Brett Pesce’s return to the lineup. Pesce was activated from the IR this morning and skated in morning practice with Jaccob Slavin in the top defensive pair. He’s been out since he sustained an upper body injury on Jan. 12 in a morning skate, and returned to the ice for the first time (as far as we know) in the morning skate prior to Saturday’s game against the Red Wings. The...
Jan 22, 2018
About Last Night: Sunday Scaries

About Last Night: Sunday Scaries

The Canes spun the wheel of performances again and landed on “dud” for the second Sunday in a row. Oh and Vegas is good. It would be one thing if the issues plaguing the Carolina Hurricanes were relatively new. They are not. Again, the goaltending does the team no favors. Again, the team does the goaltenders no favors. Again, the Hurricanes get embarrassed on home ice on a night where they “just didn’t have it.” Give the Vegas Golden Knights credit for continuing to defy the odds with another sterling performance, sure, but this one’s on the Canes and their remarkable devotion...
Jan 22, 2018
Storm Advisory for January 22: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Storm Advisory for January 22: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Sebastian Aho update, NHL injuries and trading Erik Karlsson. Reading Assignments Finally, an injury update on Sebastian Aho. It’s not great but it may be better than we thought: Aho will be out indefinitely with the concussion but Peters said Aho's lower-body injury could be healed in a few weeks, possibly after the All-Star Game. Peters: "I don't think the lower-body is significant."— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 21, 2018 The Hurricanes released a statement on Jim Johannson’s passing. The team also held a moment of silence before last night’s game against Vegas....
Jan 21, 2018
Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hurricanes meekly fall to Golden Knights

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hurricanes meekly fall to Golden Knights

The Golden Knights make teams look ineffective, but the Canes didn’t need any help Sunday. At one point late in the second period, with the Carolina Hurricanes looking as lifeless as ever, two press box scribes bemoaned the state of the game unfolding six floors below. Person 1: “Good lord.” Person 2: “This game sucks.” And so it was, with the Canes returning home and showing very little motivation and even less determination - in front of their new owner, no less - in a listless 5-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in front of 15,303 at PNC Arena on Sunday. The mistakes started...
Jan 21, 2018
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Preview and Game Discussion

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Preview and Game Discussion

The Hurricanes come off of a win last night to host the Golden Knights for the first time. The Hurricanes take on the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights tonight at PNC as they try to build on their gritty win last night in Detroit. Game Notes The Hurricanes won the inaugural game between the two franchises on December 12th in Las Vegas in a shootout. Tonight marks the first game in PNC Arena against the expansion team and the final matchup of the season between the two clubs. The Hurricanes’ shootout win in December in Vegas was the Golden Knights’ first loss in...
Jan 21, 2018
About Last Night: So Much for a Hangover

About Last Night: So Much for a Hangover

NHL teams have generally been rusty out of the bye week. Not the Canes. The Carolina Hurricanes had their mandatory five-day bye week in the days leading up to last night’s win in Detroit, which is theoretically a great thing. The players, who have strained their bodies on the ice, got an extended period of relaxation, which I can only imagine is filled with massages, TV binges and, for some, trips to the Bahamas (including hockey reporters) and/or Miami Beach for a few of the players. Injured Canes like Brett Pesce and Derek Ryan had a few more days to get ice-ready. Coaches have a long...
Jan 20, 2018
Recap and Rank ‘Em: Lindholm’s Two Goals Lead Hurricanes to 3-1 Win over Red Wings

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Lindholm’s Two Goals Lead Hurricanes to 3-1 Win over Red Wings

The bye-week curse doesn’t strike the Canes as they pick up two big points in Detroit. Once upon a time, the Carolina Hurricanes went 23 years without winning a game when visiting the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. With the Wings moving down the street to the new Little Caesars Arena this season, the Hurricanes left that history in the past, and are 1-for-1 in the Wings’ new digs after a 3-1 win on Saturday night on the strength of a pair of power-play goals from Elias Lindholm. Coming off of a week away from the rink, the Canes certainly did not open the game looking the...
Jan 20, 2018
Hurricanes at Red Wings: Lineups and Game Discussion

Hurricanes at Red Wings: Lineups and Game Discussion

Five days rested, the Hurricanes are back in action in Hockeytown. Here’s who we expect to see. Welcome back to the Game Night Hub, Caniacs! Man, five days is a long time in-season, ain’t it? The biggest news for today’s game at the Red Wings: Sebastian Aho is still out indefinitely with a concussion and lower-body injury, Bill Peters confirmed in a pre-game conversation. The injury is still listed as “indefinite,” meaning who knows when he’ll be back. No one has been called up to take his roster spot, but the Canes still have a backup in either Josh Jooris or Phil Di Giuseppe,...
Jan 20, 2018
Systems Analyst: Bad Habits

Systems Analyst: Bad Habits

Hopefully the bye week has given the Canes time to get plays like this one out of their system. The final game before the bye week can be a revealing time for NHL teams. Teams that are “for real” won’t have much trouble staying focused for one more game before a vacation. Teams that maybe still have some work to do, however, end up with a result kind of like what the Carolina Hurricanes produced last Sunday. The Canes will certainly look at, and learn from, the game tape before ideally pushing the dud performance out of their minds forever. But what they find upon revisiting the...
Jan 20, 2018
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Preview and Storm Advisory

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red Wings: Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come off the bye week to take on the Red Wings in Detroit without Sebastian Aho. The Carolina Hurricanes will come off of a depressing losing streak prior to the bye-week as they try to reclaim the second Wild Card spot from the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first visit to Detroit’s new arena. Game Notes The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 30-38-10-1 record, including a 10-22-7-1 record in Detroit. The Canes and Red Wings will play two more times this season after tonight, on February 2 in Raleigh and on February 24 back in Detroit. The Wings won the 2016-17...
Jan 19, 2018
Metropolitan Division Weekly Roundup: Bye Week Part 2: The Quickening

Metropolitan Division Weekly Roundup: Bye Week Part 2: The Quickening

Just because the Canes were on a bye week doesn’t mean the rest of the division was. 1. Washington Capitals: 60 Points (28-14-4) The Capitals entered their bye week on top of the division after splitting a home and home with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Caps faced a tough game coming out of their bye, and were able to get a valuable point with an overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils last night. Considering how many teams come back from bye weeks with a loss, it’s not a terrible result. Navy Blue for Navy StadiumThe #StadiumSeries threads have arrived. #ALLCAPS...
Jan 19, 2018
Behind Enemy Lines: Previewing the Red Wings, Golden Knights, Penguins, and Canadiens

Behind Enemy Lines: Previewing the Red Wings, Golden Knights, Penguins, and Canadiens

The Canes return from the bye week with a heavy slate. Detroit Red Wings Saturday, 7:00 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports The Hurricanes begin their post-bye week action with the first matchup of the season with the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings entered the season coming off their first missed playoffs since 1990, and have spent the first half of this season spinning their wheels as well, having managed just an 18-19-7 record. With a peculiar mix of aging former stars and a few intriguing young talents, the Wings appear in need of a total rebuild...
Jan 19, 2018
Storm Advisory for January 19: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Storm Advisory for January 19: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Kid Rock Part 2, Canes drafting and Evander Kane. Reading Assignments We have the winter elements in Raleigh, NC right now. So, a Winter Classic for the Canes, anyone? We have snow. We have a venue. We're ready for a Winter Classic.#Redvolution pic.twitter.com/F2je6xD4E4— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 18, 2018 Ron Francis and his staff have drafted well in the past and it shows. [Triangle Sports Net] The Canes kicked off their Fanuary promotion last night, featuring $40 lower-level tickets. The BIGGEST Canes ticket offer of the year is live!Buy now:...
Jan 18, 2018
Canes Country Podcast: Baby, Bye, Bye, Bye Week

Canes Country Podcast: Baby, Bye, Bye, Bye Week

The one where we debate trades that won’t happen. Happy bye week! The Hurricanes aren’t playing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t record a podcast. This week, we discuss Sebastian Aho’s injuries and what it means for the team moving forward, trade rumors are coming in hot, and Canes Country senior writer Peter Dewar stops by to tell us all about his adventures as a member of the Rockford Ice Hogs’ communications department. Listen on Podbean ● Subscribe on iTunes and Google Play Music