Puck Talk

Season Predictions Revisited- Come Laugh At Us

by Derek Roessler •  @droessl •  Feb 5, 2016  •  0 comments

Making season predictions is a time honored tradition in sports. Getting them laughably wrong is equally common. To see just how right or wrong we are to this point, I went back to the season preview episode of Cheaters Never Win and took notes of Mike's and my predictions for the 2015-16 season.As of today, some could still be right. Others... oh boy... others are way the hell off. We picked full order for the Metro division, and only picked division winners for other divisions.

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Canes Trade Odds – 2016 Edition

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Feb 3, 2016  •  5 comments

Winning teams buy. Losing teams sell. Those teams in the middle? A lot can be learned about their direction by watching their movement at the trade deadline. All too often in recent seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes under Polonius Rutherford operated under the principle of "neither a buyer nor a seller be", seemingly afraid to sell off any good pieces of a team that almost maybe possibly was so so so close to the playoffs, but at the same time not willing to make the bigger move by mortgaging the future for that one player that might secure that playoff spot (or, realistically, not having the prospects to pull it off.)Under Ron Francis last season, the team ripped off the Band-A adhesive bandage and went into full-blown seller mode, dealing off free agents to be Andrej Sekera, Jiri Tlusty, and Tim Gleason for four draft picks, a good defensive prospect in Roland McKeown, and human being Jack Hillen. But those trades were simple - the Canes in mid February were closer to the #1 overall pick than they were to the playoffs. This season is different, for several reasons. Last season's free agents to be were a good defenseman who spent a year and a half with the team, a popular third liner, and a reclamation project whose best days as a Cane were behind him. This season, it's two guys who helped raise the Stanley Cup for the Hurricanes in 2006, and two of the biggest faces of the franchise - if not potentially the biggest. Add that to a team that hasn't been to the playoffs in six seasons and is going in the "right direction" - if the team continues to push for the playoffs the closer it gets to the trade deadline, it's going to make it harder and harder to sell.But you didn't come for that. You came for wagering*. You want to know whether or not your favorite player is going to be around for Canes Casino Night (since it takes place after the trade deadline this year, meaning no drunken last goodbyes and inadvertent slips of potential trade destinations). You want to know whether or not you should invest in that $35 shirtsey. You need to know FACTS about ABSOLUTELY** what's going to happen to your favorite players!I can do that.[*please, no wagering] [**yeah, I'm totally guessing - like you know better.]

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Defense First: The Surprising, Suppressing 2016 Hurricanes

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Jan 20, 2016  •  3 comments

You know every late-April or May when you miss the Canes, but have to watch playoff hockey because it's, ya know, playoff hockey. You've got your bracket filled out and want to check in on hopeful bragging rights. You inevitably watch some Eastern match-up, maybe it's the annual Rangers/Capitals seven game series, or maybe the latest Pittsburgh collapse. We all do. We all soak in these series that only get 3-5 goals a game and it's thrilling, nerve-wracking, and intensly fun. Although Pittsburgh media often blames the death of exciting hockey on whoever knocks them out of the playoffs, they're wrong. Playoff hockey is the best of all sports. We all know this. It is known.The Canes have been floating around hockey .500 lately and compiling a winning record more oft than not. There are whisperings of the playoffs, of a chance to actually watch OUR team in them. Whether or not we make the playoffs, this season is a success that rests on the back of a wonderfully talented young defense with an uncanny ability to suppress the opponent's shot attempts, shots on goal, and scoring chances. We've got a long road ahead, but for us in North Carolina, it's late April now.Super suppression bros.What I'm getting at here is that the Hurricanes are quietly learning how to play playoff hockey. Limiting the opponent is the way to grinding out playoff series wins. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we're ready. We need more finish, consistent goaltending, some luck, and some dynamic offensive talent wouldn't hurt. But our guys have got the suppression thing down and it's beautiful.

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Sadly, This Feels Familiar

by Derek Roessler •  @droessl •  Jan 18, 2016  •  2 comments

Greetings, Canes fans. It's me, your ol' pal Derek. You may be wondering if I've stopped writing for this fine blog. While I've put game recaps to bed, at least #ForNow, until recently, I haven't felt all that inspired to put fingers to keys.  But that's changed with the rollercoaster of the last 10 or so days.

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Looking at the Lines

by Canealytics •  @Cane_alytics •  Jan 11, 2016  •  1 comment

Through December the Carolina Hurricanes started to score, and then they started to string some wins together, and no, the world didn't end in a fiery apocalypse of wrongness. The Canes went into Pittsburgh and won, they went into Chicago and beat the defending champions, and then, on New Year's Eve, they beat the best team in the league (at that time): Washington. Fans started to see that oft spoke of bright future up close, and had nice warm feels about their team that they might not have had in a while. Hell, even Eric looked like he was having fun and giving a damn.It's no coincidence that this past December of Canes hockey had this season's longest period of stability among the forward lines. And if it weren't for this weekend's games against the lowly Blue Jackets, January looked like it was off to a typical Canes start with Phil Di Giuseppe's injury throwing a wrench into our newly found stability, and low scoring losses quickly followed. The speed of Di Giuseppe's recovery could be oddly vital to Canes' dreary playoff hopes, and if he can't get back to games soon will Bill Peters continue to fill round holes with Chris Terry shaped plugs?I thought that instead of grading the forwards individually for their midseason performances it would be more interesting to look at their performances together as lines. The stable, "Huh-the-Canes-might-actually-be-decent?" lines. The lines that were working, leading to wins, and that made Bill Peters' Line-o-matic stop trying to saddle our actually talented playmakers with not-so-talented ones. The lines that made Cane-alytics not want to drown his sorrows with the hardest of hard liquors EVERY FREAKIN- well you get the point.

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2015 Top 10 Posts: What You Clicked On

by Tom Edwards •  @MrWorkrate •  Dec 29, 2015  •  0 comments

By law (I'm pretty sure it's the 20th Amendment of the Constitution), every form of media - both social and traditional - must have a sort of "Top Whatever" list released between Christmas and New Year's Day. Instead of using some complicated method of using weighted factors to determine the proper value of all of the posts made this year (I'll let @Cane_alytics invent some statistic for that), I'll just pick the top 10 posts you people actually clicked on for whatever reason, whether it be good or bad.#10 - HORRIBLE CANES GOAL SONG IDEAS- THE BRACKET (Derek)On an earlier edition of the Section 328 Podcast (subscribe, won't you?) Chris Greenly, head of CanesVision, let it slip that the team was looking into replacing the Canes goal song, which had been Blur's Song 2 followed by a radio morning show producer jumping on his sound board and pressing every button at the same time. While at the time we didn't know what the replacement song would be (it turned out to be Avicii's "The Nights"), we knew what it shouldn't be, but we wanted your feedback. From Britney Spears' "Oops!...I Did It Again" to that Sarah McLachlan song that makes you think of abused puppies, there were some great entries, but it came down to Wagon Wheel (pretty much the "Troll Derek" vote) and Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven", a song written about the death of a four-year-old. Clapton won out, because you never want your goal song to make you cry every time you hear it.

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