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Don’t look now but, Carolina Hurricanes making a push for the playoffs…

The Hurricanes have stormed themselves into a playoff spot, yes the last wild card spot in a tough Eastern Conference playoff race. But you have read that correctly the Hurricanes are in a playoff spot at the moment. Keywords “at the moment”, because how sure can we be that this team continues this play and actually sneaks their way into the playoffs.

NHL Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Ward 10-0-2 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average in the last 12 starts has surged the Hurricanes into a playoff spot

Their most recent wins may make one think otherwise. The Hurricanes beat, Nashville, Vegas, Columbus, Pittsburgh twice and lost a tough one in overtime to the Capitals. They have won seven of their last ten and have scored 31 goals in the last ten. Production from Derek Ryan and Victor Rask, something they did not see earlier in the season has been there for the Hurricanes over their last ten. Forwards like Jeff Skinner and Sebastian Aho are leading the charge, Noah Hanifin has been a solid force on the back end. Of course, we cannot forget about Cam Wards 10 wins in his 12 starts, posting a .916 save percentage, and 2.33 goals against average. The Hurricanes are winning but their schedule does not get easier from here before they go on their bye week(Jan. 15- Jan. 19), the Hurricanes play Boston(tonight), Tampa Bay, Washington back to back and Calgary before the break. All playoff teams and all solid teams.

NHL Carolina Hurricanes

Let’s say this, the Hurricanes take six/seven of the possible ten points upcoming, it may be possible to see this team in the playoffs. It helps though that the Penguins and Islanders have been on a skid, well the Penguins all season and the Islanders recent five-game losing streak really helps the Hurricanes, secure a playoff spot right now. At the moment the playoff race is tight and the Hurricanes are one point ahead of the Penguins for the final wild-card spot(a win is major tonight!). Now, can we assume the Hurricanes continue this success for the remainder of the season? That would mean we have to see 33-year-old Cam Ward continue this performance for the rest of the season. Aho, Skinner and Tuevo Terevaninen will have to continue to lead the way on the front end while their depth production can find ways to stay afloat and continue their production. As well as Noah Hanifin and Justin Faulk will have to lead the power play as well be the force on the back end the Hurricanes have needed for a long time now. The Hurricanes defense, in general, is a solid group, with Jacob Slavin, Trevor Van Riemsdyk as well, they have four very solid defensemen and will be the driving factor to their success from this point on.

My prediction, hate to say it, but Hurricanes barely miss the playoffs, they go on a small skid that hurts their season and it will be tough to climb out of since the playoff race is so tight. Next season, I see the Hurricanes making it though.

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The Fish Tank: NHL Picks 10/19/17

Edmonton Oilers (1-4-0) vs Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-1)

The struggling Edmonton Oilers enter the madhouse on madison this Thursday to face the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are coming off a loss from last night against the Blues where they fell 5-2. The Hawks return home however, where they will take advantage of one of the best home ice advantages in the league. The Oilers struggles have not been answered yet, with alternate captain Milan Lucic releasing a statement “You have to stop the bleeding before it gets really bad and you dig yourself too big of a hole that you can’t get out of.” The Oilers struggles will continue on the road this Thursday. Blackhawks 4-3

St. Louis Blues (5-2-0) vs Colorado Avalanche(4-3-0)

The St. Louis Blues are coming off a game last night where they showed the Blackhawks whos boss handing the Hawks a 5-2 loss. The Blues overall play looks good in all zones of the ice, proving those who have doubted them about being able to bury the puck entering the year. The avalanche entered the year with a hot start but have sunk to reality a little bit with their recent play. The Blues have looked good throughout especially with Jake Allen in net. With a back-to-back Allen will most likely not get the nod. Avalanche 3-2

 

Carolina Hurricanes(2-1-1) vs Calgary Flames(4-2-0)

The Carolina Hurricanes are coming off a win Tuesday night in Edmonton and look to continue their western canadian road trip in style. The Canes have shown that they can put the puck in the net and shut down a highly offensive minded team. The Flames are home looking to end their momentum and improve this season. Hurricanes 5-3

Dallas Stars(3-3-0) vs Arizona Coyotes(0-5-1)

The heavily favored Dallas Stars go to the desert to face the winless Coyotes. The Coyotes have not looked good at all with no forwards stepping up for them. The Stars have improved their game since their first couple of games from earlier. With the Coyotes playing this poorly, there’s no sight of a W soon enough. Stars 4-1

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes Need To Leave Raleigh, North Carolina. ASAP

It needs to be addressed the elephant in the room needs to be addressed somebody needs to sit down with the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes and tell this guy to sell the damn team. We’ve already seen an expansion team come into the league this season so that’s not happening again for a little while, but stop kidding yourself if you actually believe this Carolina market suits hockey, you’re an idiot, plain and simple, sorry. Carolina had an attendance of 7,000 people, not to mention the fans who buy tickets and don’t even show up, so probably about 5,500 to 6,000 people there. That’s the size of an AHL crowd, actually, some OHL teams may draw in more fans. It’s embarrassing and the players/organization do not deserve this.

Carolina’s Past Attendance, YIKES… 

To make it fair, it’s not like I am coming out of nowhere and saying that Carolina needs to be moved because of this one time, no, for several years now, they have been in the basement of attendance, and it’s been a reoccurring issue since 2013. The Hurricanes know about this situation and the owner is trying to find a better location for them but it’s a whole work in progress. Anyways, since 2013 to now, Carolina has averaged, 13,093 fans. From 2013-14 they were at a respectable(to be nice) 15,484 average attendance, well fast forward a year to 2014-15 they dipped to 12,716 average attendance. For this year already the Hurricanes are at the basement in attendance at 13,286, only in front of the Islanders because Brooklyn is not a suitable hockey market either.

Next Stop For Carolina… 

NHL NewsLast season must have been the wake-up call to Carolina as they were dead last in attendance with 11,776 a whole 1,319 behind the next team Arizona, as you can tell the comparison bar is not too great. The league-leading attendance in Chicago with 21,752, that is a whole 9,976 more than Carolina, actually, the difference in the two is more than Carolina had last home game this season. Carolina needs a new market and new fans to play in front of, the fans of Raleigh, North Carolina do not care about hockey nor do they even know the difference between offsides and icing. Getting the Hurricanes out of Carolina is the next move for the NHL but to where? Well, Seattle seems to be a favorite, any Canadian market like Quebec, Saskatoon, Hamilton all these Canadian markets have attempted in the past to get an NHL team in the area, and let’s face the Canadian fan base is much stronger than the U.S. NHL fan base even if their team is good or bad, teams that are located in Canada have some of the strongest fan bases. Of the top 15 teams in attendance, five of them are Canadian teams. Mind you Vancouver was a top 15 team for attendance and that team has not been good for several years now. Get the Hurricanes out of North Carolina, the farm does not suit hockey and the Hurricanes are going to be a good team in a few years, ship them out before it is too late! 

NHL Picks of The Night 10/10/17

 

With plenty of games and action tonight across the NHL there are three that catch my eye…

 

  1. Blue Jackets @ Hurricanes

 

 

  • The Blue Jackets are 1-1 entering tonight’s action in Carolina. Everyone is on board and giving praise for the home team in this one however, the Blue Jackets are getting dogged on the road tonight. The Blue Jackets put in five goals their first game but only one in their second. They are a team that has the ability to burry a ton of goals every night. Watch out to see how Scott Darling can handle the highly powerful Blue Jackets offense. 

Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Three

Blue Jackets 4-2

 

  1. Blackhawks @ Canadiens

 

  • Chicago at Montreal tonight has all signs pointing towards the Canadiens with Chicago having a back to back skid. Do not doubt the Blackhawks tonight as they want to bounce back from last night’s performance where they jumped to an early lead and fell apart, falling to the young gun Maple Leafs squad. Jan Rutta is a player to keep your eyes on tonight as he continues to impress the coaching staff leading in plus-minus.

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks 3-2

 

  1. Senators @ Canucks

 

  • The 0-0-2 Senators are going into Vancouver to face the Canucks tonight. The Canucks have a very mixed group with veteran players in the Sedin twins and Loui Eriksson, and down the lines there is young talent in Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser. On the other side, the Senators have a talented squad but haven’t finished their previous games out. Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman and the other top forwards up front need to have a big night in order for success. The Senators will go into Vancouver tonight and finish tonight’s game out.

Ottawa-sens

Senators 4-1

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview, Young Depth, Darling Starting Role

Carolina Hurricanes:

Despite missing the playoffs for the eighth time in as many seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes had what can be considered a generally positive year in 2016-17. Each of their notable young players showed increases in production, the brightest spot being now 20-year-old forward Sebastian Aho, who burst onto the scene with 24 goals and 49 points a season ago. After finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference (36-31-15) in 2016-17, The Canes are looking toward their young core as well notable offseason additions to help finally push the team back into the postseason in 2018.

Forwards:

As per usual, the Hurricanes will rely most heavily on the young-veteran winger, and former first-round pick Jeff Skinner to carry most of the offensive workload. Skinner, who lead the team last season in goals (37) and points (63), is also a leading candidate for the role of captaincy in the upcoming season.Carolina is also ahorelying on their younger forwards to continue their increasing production, looking at Sebastian Aho (49 points), Victor Rask (45), Elias Lindholm (45), and Teuvo Teravainen (42), to all potentially eclipse the 50-point mark.  The veteran center, Jordan Staal, will be expected to provide another season of solid two-way play while continuing to mentor the younger players and be a notable presence in the locker room. Three-time Stanley Cup champion, and veteran-presence Justin Williams is making his return to Carolina after signing a 2-year, $9-million contract with the team July 1st. The 35-year-old had his two most productive seasons with the Hurricanes in ‘05-’06 and ‘06-’07.

Defense:

Carolina’s back-end will likely be led by the duo of Jaccob Slavin and Justin Faulk, both of which combined for 71 points a season ago. Noah Hanifin, the fifth-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will also be leaned on for a bigger role this season, likely to be skating with righty D-man Brett Pesce. Pesce, who will be turning only 23 in November,lauren put up a very respectable +23 rating in 2016-17, tied for first on the Hurricanes in the category. The addition of Trevor Van Riemsdyk from the Chicago Blackhawks will also aid the already deep blue line. Carolina boasts one of the youngest and most promising defensive cores in the NHL, and it should show this season as long as the young players can keep their play heading the right direction.

Goaltending:

The area that will make or break the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2017-18 season lies between the pipes. With the departure of goalie Eddie Lack, Carolina decided to trade with Chicago for the rights of Scott Darling.darling Darling, who posted a 2.38 goals-against average, a .924 save-percentage, and went 18-5-5 in 32 games last season, has never held the position of a starting netminder, though both his regular season and playoff numbers seem to show that he should be more than capable. Cam Ward, who won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe with the Hurricanes in 2006, will assume the backup role.

Prediction:

If Carolina’s goaltending and young players can perform as expected, the young team should make the postseason in a good division for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Points: 96

Division Rank: 4th

 

Carolina Hurricanes: Carolina Eyes Playoff Push For 2017-18 Season

First, you look at Carolina’s front end and really there are no major holes to be filled. Skinner is a proven forward and top point producer when healthy. Jordan Staal has been making major strides after rough 2012-2014 outings. Staal seems to be a more reliable #1 center. Sebastian Aho avoids the sophomore worries and produces equal to similar numbers then that’s another goal scorer and play maker for Carolina. Elis Lindholm and Victor Rask paired together are perfect Lindholm is coming off a career season and so Rask. Plus both of them are in their low to mid twenty’s with plenty of years to produce great numbers. Teuvo Teravainen first season with Carolina was a successful one, as the team continues to win and grow on the front end so will Teravainen. If paired with Aho or Lindholm he can produce similar or better numbers. The Hurricanes are extremely young on the front end and with Lee Stempniak and Justin Williams in the mix as well, they have the veteran leadership to make a push this season.

  • Sebestian Aho 24G 25A, 45 points rookie season, 19-years-old
  • Elias Lindholm 11G 34A 45 points 22-years-old
  • Victor Rask 16G 29A 45 points 24-years-old
  • Jeff Skinner 37G 26A 63 pts 25-years-old best year since rookie season
  • Jordan Staal 16G 28A 45 points 28-years-old
  • Lee Stempniak 16G 24A 40 points veteran
  • Teuvo Teravainen 15G 27A 42 pts 22-years-old best season career during 1st-year w team major growth in Teuvo.
  • Key additions: Marcus Kruger, Justin Williams.

The defense is really not much of a concern too much either. With Faulk-Hanifin and Slavin-Van Riemsdyk, they have four NHL defenseman although they may not be elite level defenseman if any of these guys were your teams four defensemen you too would probably not be overly concerned. Hoping they can hold teams top lines off as their offense produces more efficiently, then Carolina can definitely make a push next season.

  • Defense: Justin Faulk 17G 20A 37 points 25-years-old. Proven top defensemen, last season was a down year but the growth of team plus bounce back season will only see better numbers.
  • Noah Hanifin 4G 25A 29 points 20-years-old
  • Jacob Slavin: 5G 29A 34 points 23-years-old. Hopefully, 7-year contract extension doesn’t ruin his game.
  • Key additions Trevor Van Riemsdyk.

The only real concern here is starting goalie, Cam Ward at age 33 cannot play 60 plus games next season and it seems Darling wants a starting role position. If the two split time it can cause some turmoil but or it can help mold Darling for the starting role job. If Darling gets the starting role and Ward plays that backup role well playing 20+ games, Darling holds up with the work load of 60+ starts next season, Carolina can certainly make a playoff push.

  • Goalies: Cam Ward 26-22 2.69 GAA. Coming off a bit more successful season. 33-years-old and is ending near of his career.
  • Scott Darling 28-years-old, looking to finally take on a starting role full time. Proved his worth in a Chicago 75 games played 39-17 2.37 GAA, during career. 3-1 career playoff record 2.12 GAA.

Carolina Case for Playoffs???

Carolina has five to six forwards that can produce on a nightly basis, four defensemen that can yield top NHL lines and two defensemen that can produce on the offensive side as well. Hoping Darling gets the starting role and holds the work load well and Ward plays the backup role well and helps mold the 28-year-old Darling. Carolina has the tools if everything works out well, this team can make a playoff push in my eyes.