Puck Talk

Buck Fuffalo: 1/24 Recap

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 25, 2013  •  0 comments

Some things in life are just a cut above others and affix an ear-to-ear smile on one's face: a sip of delicious beer, a perfectly cooked steak, and beating Buffalo.  Not sure what it is about Buffalo fans and why they have this odd sense of entitlement, but if you're unfamiliar with their specific genre of asshattery, you're lucky. Typically they're in the parking lot earlier than most (presumably b/c they didn't have to leave work), and rather than most other fanbases politely jabbing the home team, Sabres fans vocabulary is pretty much limited to profanity, "buffalo sabres," and "oh no, yet another season without us winning anything relevant." When any non-Buffalo visiting team scores, you'll hear cheers from the road fans, but when it's Buffalo, the yelling is usually accompanied by pointing and attempted taunts of the Caniacs regardless of how many goals their team is down by.

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So we have that going for us…(a quick recap/photo book)

by RaleighMonkey •  Jan 23, 2013  •  0 comments

At least the tailgate was fun.  It was rather low key and I suspect the cold weather played a part in that. I was disappointed with how slow the lot filled up, but with the home opener being on a Tuesday and with the wind bringing in the slight chill, it's understandable.I have to admit the pork was probably some of the best we've had.  I'll leave it at that, since I am not the chef...but yeah, the key to a great tailgate is beer and great finger food.  Homemade carnitas were something new and special. 

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Game 2 Recap (1/22 vs. TBL)

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 23, 2013  •  0 comments

After a beautiful, albeit rather cold day of tailgating, the PNC Arena was rocking and ready to watch the Canes forget about the sloppy start against Florida and win the home opener for only the 4th time in Hurricanes history.  That sure didn't happen.  Just a shade over 5 minutes in, Tom Pyatt got past Sanguinetti (that's 1) and batted in a beauty of a pass from Lecavalier to start the "oh shit, not this again" gasps from nearly everyone around us.  6 minutes (and probably 3 Corvo turnovers) later, Cory "who the hell am I" Conacher gets past E. Staal and banks in a rebound all while Sanguinetti was more focused on Lecavalier than the puck sitting in front of his netminder.  End of the first period, it's only 2-0 Tampa. IMPROVMENT!?

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Game 1 Recap (1/19 vs. Florida)

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 20, 2013  •  0 comments

Well, that wasn't exactly what we had in mind. After months of waiting, and days filled with visions of Staal, Staal, Semin, and Skinner terrorizing opposing netminders, we got to witness a bit of a clunker and more of our concerns than hopes were realized. Florida's first goal of the night (which kept our tradition of letting in player's 1st career goals alive) was largely a result of both poor defensive positioning. Huberdeau wasn't knocked out of the crease by the one defenseman who was anywhere near the net (Sanguinetti, who couldn't decide which guy to not cover), and Harrison was recovering from a missed check on Kovalev back in Gretzky's office. Not even 4 minutes into the game, and it's 1-0 bad guys.He shouldn't be this open.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: #61-70 (Buy 1 Nickname, Get 3 Free!)

by Section328 •  Jan 19, 2013  •  0 comments

#61: Justin FaulkAwfully high on the list for a kid who's only played one season, you say? Well, 2 things: 1. look at some of the previous ~100 players. 2. dude's got skills. The Canes 2nd round pick in 2010, Faulk made his NHL debut in the 2011-12 season after posting nearly PPG with Minnesota-Duluth. A right handed shot from the point, Faulk has good skating, a better shot, and even better vision on the ice. Hell, Craig Button predicts he could battle for D-man scoring title in the 2013 season. We'll allow it!#62: Tom BarrassoThe Canes finally have a Vezina winner!  What's that? He won it in Buffalo? FUCK!  Back to happy thoughts... Barrasso suited up for the Canes during the 2001-02 season, just in time to claim him as an Olympian. That year, he saw action in 34 games, posting 13 wins, 12 losses, along with a .906 sv % and 2.61 GAA. After his retirement a couple years later, Barrasso joined the coaching staff where he constantly showed everyone else up with his tailored suits.#63: Jan HlavacHOCKEY DUCK! Part of the most maligned trade in Canes history, Hlavac (and Harold Druken) came from Vancouver in exchange for Darren Langdon and Marek Malik during the 02-03 season. A decent sized left winger, Hlavac scored 106 points in his first two seasons in the league; in the next 7 seasons combined, he barely beat that mark. While in Raleigh, Hlavac had perhaps the most unexpected hat trick I've ever seen when he put three past Detroit on hat night (note: we need more hat nights. hat nights = hat tricks). So, basically, he's the Tony Delk of hockey.

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10 Season Predictions

by Section328 •  Jan 19, 2013  •  0 comments

As the 48 game sprint/mad dash/cluster of a season kicks off tonight, we want to make 10 predictions (6 pertain to the Canes; 4 for the rest of the league).1. Tlusty will remove all doubt and prove he's a top 6 player. After a couple years of up and down play where he's shown both top-flight skill and consistency (in the form of an impressive point streak last season) as well as stretches where his play would be written about with much profanity, and use of the word "enigmatic" were he from Russia.  Based on Tlusty's quality of play down the stretch last season as well as being initially slotted on a line with Eric Staal and Alex Semin, we expect Tlusty to be an offensive factor as he'll be the afterthought on that line, but still has ample skill to put points on the board.2. Corvo will see time in the press box. McBain currently holds the role of spectator as Sanguinetti is playing in the top 6, but as the season goes on, we (and the coaches) will see why Corvo has been sent packing from Raleigh twice already. Corvo won't stay there for the whole season, as there will be a trade involving the defense.3. Eric Staal will lead the team in points. Not our ballsiest prediction, but with Semin on his wing, Staal FINALLY has a talented player on his line who he also has chemistry with (see the Skinner-Staal fiasco for the opposite). Semin's goal scoring might affect 12's goal totals, but he'll more than make up for that in the assist column. Look for ~50 points from the captain.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: 71-80 (Must be this short to play)

by Section328 •  Jan 18, 2013  •  0 comments

#71: Ian WhiteArriving from Calgary along with Brett Sutter in exchange for Anton Babchuk and Tom Kostopoulos in the early part of the 2010-11 season, the small-ish outspoken defenseman played a scant 39 games in town before being traded (employer hat trick!) to San Jose for a 2nd round pick. While a Hurricane, White was a reliable 2nd pairing d-man and put 10 assists but not lighting the fancy red lamp on his own.#72: Tom KostopoulosTommy Nonstopoulos submitted to the Pimp Hand and signed with the Canes prior to the 2009 season, adding grit, effort, speed, and INTANGIBLES to the 3rd line and PK. He played in all 82 games that season and 17 more in the 2010-11 season before leaving in the trade mentioned above. During his stint with the organEYEzation, Prius (because he didn't stop, you see) chipped in 9 goals and 16 assists.#73: Danny MarkovOl' Smokey with the crazy hard slapshot. Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2003, the defenseman who could shoot the puck a bazillion miles an hour and sometimes near the net, Markov played just 44 games for the Canes (4 goals, 10 assists) before being part of a trade with...I hope you're sitting down....Philadelphia straight up for Justin Williams. I'd say that worked out alright.

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All-Time Hurricanes Rankings: 81-89 (-2 Skating)

by Section328 •  Jan 17, 2013  •  0 comments

#81: John GrahameThe only goalie who we'd even consider putting money on in a drink-off against Ed Belfour. Signing with the Canes prior to the 2006-07 campaign, the man with the buxom bikini NASCAR helmet of redneck fantasies played in 45 games over 2 seasons, posting 15 wins against 20 losses before not being re-signed by the club at the expiration of his 2 year contract. He then played ~half a season in the KHL before being kicked off the team for being too much of a drunk. In Russia. (http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Did-John-Grahame-drink-himself-off-KHL-team-?urn=nhl,126831)#82: Nolan PrattThe 6'3" defenseman was a 1993 draft pick of the Hartford Whalers, and made his debut in Connecticut during the final season under the sweet, sweet sounds of "Brass Bonanza." He then spent 3 full seasons in Carolina putting up numbers. Paltry numbers. 21 points in 148 games. On the good side, he brought a physical presence to the club in the form of 229 PIMs during his stint here before being packaged and shipped out to Colorado (along with a 1st and 2 2nds) for Sandis Ozolinsh.#83: Jeff HamiltonHold me closer, tiny ginger. The 5'10" (yeah, right) undrafted Yale alum played with Chicago and the Islanders before signing as a free agent here in the 2007 offseason. Fresh off a 39 point season in Chicago, there was a hope that he could provide some complementary scoring on the 3rd line. While not a terrible experiment, the fit wasn't great. He saw a strange amount of time running the point on PPs, while adding 9 goals and 15 assists during his 58 games with the club. He was bought out following the season.

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Tailgate training camp – time to prep

by Mike Flanagan •  @mflanagan00 •  Jan 17, 2013  •  0 comments

With a less than a week left before our home opener, now is the time to get your tailgate supplies ready and represent the great tradition is the Hurricanes parking lot madness. Everyone has their own style, but this is ours. Take our advice for what it's worth, but whatever you do, come strong in your tailgating.-Pick your spot and stick with it: Tailgating is all about tradition. It's always nice to be able to make your way around the lots and know exactly where to find friends, old and new. There are numerous great spots to stake your claim around the PNC. If you want a prime spot ala in the grass, make sure you plan to arrive early enough to get your spot.-Be a freaking Boy Scout and come prepared: It's all about having the right stuff to have a great time. Our little group has our "tailgate box" that is always full of the stuff you may need for a tailgate or the zombie apocalypse. Having a pre-packed box that you can quickly grab and go make sure you never leave something at home. Here's a good list of the items that we have in our tailgate kit: plates, red solo cups, napkins, ziploc bags, plastic utensils, leatherman tool, hand sanitizer, grilling utensils, long lighter, playing cards, garbage bags (for garbage or ponchos), first aid kit, combo wine and bottle opener, koozies, and duct tape. With this prep kit, there have been very few days that we haven't been able to have a great tailgate.

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Canes Scrimmage 1/15/12

by Derek Roessler •  Jan 15, 2013  •  0 comments

A crowd of what I'm guessing was in the neighborhood of 300 was on hand today at RCI to watch the first full team scrimmage of the season. Folks were lined up along the glass, the bleachers were nearly full, and John Forslund was making the rounds chatting with fans.A solid crowd checks out the scrimmage at RCI this afternoon. John Forslund putting smiles on faces. So.. a day that ends in "y."Corvo was first on the ice and unfortunately, his much discussed peach of a haircut was hidden by his helmet. It only took a few minutes for the rest of the team, including yesterday's callups, to take the ice and get the game underway. Both sides were wearing traditional gameday reds and whites and each side had 3 forward lines and 2 defensive pairings.Red Team:

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