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2017-2018 Carolina Hurricanes Season


MillionDollarCam

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To echo the previous sentiment, we NEED 2 points tonight.

The Canes are going with a different lineup tonight: in: Necas, Jooris, Carrick, and Ward; out: Kuokkanen, McGinn, Dahlbeck, and Darling.

Line Up

Teravainen - Staal - Williams

Skinner - Rask - Ryan

Aho - Necas - Lindholm

Nordstrom - Kruger - Jooris

Slavin - Pesce

Faulk - Hanifin

Fleury - Carrick

Ward Darling

Scratches: Kuokkanen, McGinn, Dahlbeck

Injuries: Van Riemsdyk (concussion, IR) & Stempniak (upper body, IR)

Van Riemsdyk is making progress and has joined the team in Edmonton.

GO CANES!!!

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The Canes get a big win on the road with a 5-3 win over Edmonton. Jaccob Slavin was phenomenal tonight and completely shut down McDavid.

Box Score

  1. Jordan Staal: 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points, +2
  2. Teuvo Teravainen: 2 goals, +1
  3. Jaccob Slavin: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, +3
  4. Justin Williams: 2 assists, +1
  5. Justin Faulk: 2 assists
  6. Elias Lindholm: 1 goal, +1
  7. Cam Ward: 48/51, .941 sv. %
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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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