Another Canes game is in the rearview mirror, and another day goes by with a bagel/donut/goose egg in the win column. Last night wasn’t pretty to watch, and that frustration was amplified (at least for me) due to Paul Maurice standing behind the opposing bench. What started last night as hope for the first win, especially with the returns of Sekera and Skinner, quickly became exasperation as Winnipeg scored 2 goals in the first 3 minutes.
As the State Fair comes to town for the annual “what’s the craziest shit we can wrap bacon around and deep fry” contest, the Hurricanes once again hit the road for several contests. This season, that road trip begins in a post-Jeter New York. Despite both of them taking the morning skate, the Canes would be without Sekera and Skinner, and thanks to the injury ninja, John-Michael Liles didn’t even make the trip. Who told this team to put the balm on?
In this week’s jam packed episode, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. To go with our duality theme, we have two guests: Steve Dangle Glynn of Sportsnet and YouTube fame, and Luke DeCock, columnist for the News and Observer. We discuss trade rumors, Alex Semin, and the week that was. Settle in for the winter of despair, or the spring of hope, whichever fits your personality, because this is a good one.
For reasons I still don’t fully understand, NBCSN thought a Canes-Sabres matchup was one that should be presented to a national audience. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that the Canes got nationwide exposure, but neither team has lofty expectations this year. Why have 2 teams that most predict to be near the bottom of the league go up against each other on national TV? As if these lineups weren’t already inspiring enough confidence, the home team would be without a Staal in the lineup for the first time since Taft was in office.
For as much as it’s easy to think we have control over a situation, sometimes mother nature will pull rank and remind us where we stand. Perhaps the weather opening night was a perfect metaphor for what’s in store this season? When we set up the tailgate around 12:30, it was sunny and warm with a delightful breeze; conditions that remained until just shy of puck drop. As things turned south inside the arena, the skies opened up and sent fans home fleeing for cover and safety from the downpour and thunder.
I’ve said on multiple occasions that I will hope against hope (and logic) through Thanksgiving that the Hurricanes will find a way to make the playoffs this year. Even as recently as 7:04 Friday night, I was still subscribing to that thought process without any doubt. Over the course of the next few hours, that would all change, as the Hurricanes found a way to lose another opening night contest.
We’ve already ranked and written about the myriad newcomers to the list, so now let’s reveal where we ranked players who played in at least their second season with the Canes in 2013-14.
#3: Eric Staal (no change)
After a disappointing 2013-14 season for the captain, the kneejerk reaction would have been to move him down from #3. But considering he came off of knee surgery and he’s reached a level where 60+ points is considered a huge disappointment, I think that speaks to the quality of player Eric Staal is. He still ranks near the top of just about every offensive category in team history. He’s firmly cemented in the 3 slot until he either commits regicide (that would move him down) or wins another cup (that would be a good thing).
The season is upon us. It’s time to get excited, fire up the grills, and kick off Hurricanes season with a bang. On this week’s episode, we are joined by Dan Saraceni from LighthouseHockey.com to discuss the home-and-home series with the Islanders to start the season. We take a few minutes to discuss some Section 328 traditions, encourage you to scream your head off Friday night, and invite you, our loyal listeners to our opening night tailgate festivities. Finally, we enjoy a treat in New Belgium’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter which, shocker, is delicious. The time ishas come. The season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited.