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2017-2018 Carolina Hurricanes Season

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BREAKING: The Carolina Hurricanes still can't score goals, still have a leaky defense despite the emergence of Jaccob Slavin, their PP is still abysmal, and the coaching still questionable. I really doubt this team makes the playoffs yet again this year, especially in our murderer's row of a division. Sucks to suck.

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Canes win 6-3. 

I think people forget what a long season the NHL has. We're going to be fine. We looked good. We're going to have down nights, but as long as we have fewer of those than in years past, we'll be in a position to compete for a playoff spot. I mean, we just beat a team that is currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In Toronto, no less. 

We're middle of the road in both PP and PK%, but we're top 10 in shots per game and shots allowed per game, winning right at 50% of our faceoffs. We're not scoring a LOT of goals, but we're not giving up a lot either. So, defense is limiting shots, goalies are limiting goals on those shots that do get off, and we're putting enough goals in the net to get points in the standings more than half the time. 

We'll improve as the season moves along (hopefully). We're fine until we're not. Still early, we'll know better closer to Christmas.

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1 hour ago, MillionDollarCam said:

The one game we score goals I miss...

Need to try and put together a streak here.



Nah, just need to ensure points in each of the next few. Mid November is our must-have streak.

Stars, Islanders, Sabres, Islanders, Rangers. Those 10 points against those 4 teams sets us up nicely in a position to drop a point here or there between now and then.

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Welp. We play an actual perennial playoff team and our perennial weakness shows up. This team cannot score goals against good defenses and/or goaltenders. Faulk or Hanifin (or Jake Bean, our 1st, ++) needs to be moved for a 30 goal scorer ASAP. Preferably James Neal, then Max Pacioretty, or Matt Duchene in that order. Our forwards' finishing ability is complete trash.

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6 hours ago, backtobackwinningseasons said:

Welp. We play an actual perennial playoff team and our perennial weakness shows up. This team cannot score goals against good defenses and/or goaltenders. Faulk or Hanifin (or Jake Bean, our 1st, ++) needs to be moved for a 30 goal scorer ASAP. Preferably James Neal, then Max Pacioretty, or Matt Duchene in that order. Our forwards' finishing ability is complete trash.

 

Knee jerk much?

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4 minutes ago, backtobackwinningseasons said:

Faulk and Hanifin are trash

 

They've played pretty well. Hanifin is 7th on the team in points. The first goal was on Darling if anything. Hanifin couldn't have done much different than he did. I didn't catch the second goal.

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Point is a point. Like I said, get points over these next few and reel off a 5 game regulation win streak in a couple weeks. We're fine.

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Ultimately the goal needs to be to get 6 points every 5 games, that puts us roughly at 96 points over 82 games.

We're only a game off pace right now with 10 in 10 instead of 12 in 10.

The good news is we have the Avs, Yotes, and Panthers back to back to back, a streak could be put together here to propel us back into an early playoff spot. The boys also usually play really well in November.

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Canes lose again, to a team that was historically awful last season. Yet that team is somehow still more improved than we are at this point. Fire Francis. Fire Peters. We need new blood from outside the organization. The stench of Rutherford and losing are still too strong for the franchise. And we need to ship out one of Faulk or Hanifin for an impact forward before their value plummets and it's too late.

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Gonna try to catch this one tonight.

If it seems like the Canes haven't won in a week, it is because they haven't. It's been 9 days since the Canes beat the breaks off Toronto and there is no better team to play than the Coyotes to end this drought.

The Canes are down a defenseman with Pesce out due to a concussion, Roland McKeown was called up for the occasion.

Skinner / Staal / Lindholm

Teravainen / Rask / Williams

Aho / Kruger / Jooris

Nordstrom / Ryan / McGinn

Slavin / Faulk

Fleury / Van Riemsdyk

Hanifin / McKeown

Darling

Ward

Scratched: Brown, Dahlbeck

Injured: Stempniak, Pesce

 

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