4-14-14: With two wins at the end of the season, the Canes have slightly hampered their draft position and Leading scorer Eric Staal hit a career low in power-play goals, tallying just one. He still led the team in overall points with 61. It’s time for change in Carolina and it begins with GM Jim Rutherford. It’s not working as the Carolina has only made the playoffs once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. Maybe it’s time to trade Cam Ward and think about dealing Eric Staal.
4-7-14: The Hurricanes had two nice wins this past week against Dallas and Pittsburgh, before falling in a close game with the Devils. Jordan Staal is having a disappointing season with just 39 points in 78 games. His 18:59 of ice time per game is his lowest since the 2007-08 season. Major changes could be coming to Raleigh. A team as talented as the Hurricanes should not be making tee times this time of year.
3-31-14: The Canes are looking toward the future as Anton Khudobin could be the starting goalie next season. He is 16-12-1 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.22 GAA. The Canes agreed to terms with former Michigan Wolverine Phil Di Giuseppe on three entry level contract. The offseason could be a season of change in Raleigh. Carolina has missed the playoffs six of the last seven years and it could be time to start anew.
3-25-14: For a team that is going to miss the playoffs, a 2-1 week was impressive. The Hurricanes beat the Blue Jackets and Jets and fell 3-2 to the Blackhawks in Chicago. Despite their winning ways, it’s time to blow it up in Carolina and start anew. It starts with goaltender Cam Ward and possibly captain Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner. The ‘Canes have missed the playoffs six times over the last seven years and are slowly turning into the Edmonton Oilers of the East.
3-17-14: Carolina's only loss this past week came to the hands of the Boston Bruins. You can't fault them for that. Going into the offseason, the Hurricanes need to figure out what kind of team they’re. Are they a team that needs to rebuild? Or can they use the draft and free agency to re-tool? I seem to think they need to blow up it all up and start anew. First line of action should be trading goalie Cam Ward for picks and prospects.
3-10-14: Carolina stayed put for the most part at the deadline. Their only move was trading Tuomo Ruutu to New Jersey for Andrei Loktionov. The Hurricanes wrapped up a five game road trip this past with a win over San Jose. The problem was they lost all four games before that and the next two after. The ‘Canes are fading quickly and their chance for a playoff spot in the East is dwindling. If they don’t go on a serious run over the final stretch of the season, Carolina will miss the playoffs.
3-3-14: The ‘Canes lost all three games after the break in regulation and five in a row overall. It's suddenly getting to be desperate times in Carolina, which means the trade rumors are starting to circulate. Carolina is one of those weird teams that are not quite sure if they’re buyers or sellers. Reports are that goalie Cam Ward in in play. A team like the Minnesota Wild would love to acquire a goalie like Ward.
2-10-14: A six-game stretch of three wins and three losses highlighted the Hurricanes' run to the break. Anton Khudobin has made eight straight starts in net and could make a case to be the starter once Cam Ward gets back from injury. The Canes, like many teams in the East, are on the precipice of a playoff spot. These next 20 plus games or so will be true test to see if the Canes have what it takes to make the playoffs.
2-3-14: Wins in five of their last six games played, the Hurricanes are on the verge of the post-season. Carolina now sits only a single point back of Detroit for the final wild card spot and has a game in hand. The team's only loss in that span saw Carey Price stop 36 shots in Montreal. If the Hurricanes get into the postseason, they could do damage. They do have a history of making the playoffs late and then going on a postseason run.
1-27-14: The Hurricanes are quietly hanging around in the East as they have won three straight games and are knocking on the door of a top-three spot in the Metropolitan. They have been not only surviving, but somehow thriving in the absence of goaltender Cam Ward. Since they play in the East, anything is possible for the Hurricanes. Manny Malhotra scored two goals this past Saturday against the Senators. It was his first two-goal game since March 6, 2011.
1-20-14: Carolina's five-game winning streak ended last Friday, and the team has swapped wins and losses in their four games since. The Hurricanes are bringing up the rear of the group of Eastern Conference teams pushing for a postseason berth. Carolina has to overtake five teams to land a playoff spot, but only needs four points to do. Alex Semin has been on a scoring tear since Christmas. Semin has tripled his goal count and doubled his point totals on the season over his last 12 games.
1-13-14: The Hurricanes, like almost every team in the Metropolitan of late, are heating up. They have won five of their last six games and will begin a three-game homestand Monday against the Flames. In the East, anything is possible. The Hurricanes dodged bullets early and now have themselves contending for a playoff spot. Goaltender Anton Khudobin has been the backbone of this recent run, going 5-1-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .939 save percentage since returning from injury at the start of the month.
1-7-14: A victory over Nashville this past Sunday pushed Carolina to four consecutive wins. Prior to this mini streak, the Hurricanes had lost five games in a row and eight of their last nine. Only a team like Carolina can play three weeks of awful hockey and still find itself a single point out of a home-ice playoff berth. That’s the Metro for you. Andrej Sekera has 24 points in 41 games this season, just five shy of his career high of 29.
12-30-13: The wheels are coming off in Carolina. The Hurricanes have lost five in a row and eight of their last nine. That type of slump would be death for most teams, but not for one that resides in the Metropolitan. The Hurricanes are just three points out of a playoff spot, which says less about the quality of the club and more about the quality of the division. The Hurricanes have allowed 20 goals during their five-game skid.
12-23-13: Three regulation wins in one week in the beginning of the month got the Hurricanes off on the right foot. However, the ‘Canes have just one win in their last six games and the stretch includes losses to Edmonton and Calgary. Carolina is a mediocre team, but that puts them on the playoff bubble in the Metropolitan. After a slow start to his return from injury, Jeff Skinner has scored eight times in his last nine games.
12-16-13: The Hurricanes must like playing when the weather gets cold. After going 1-0-2 last week, they are Canes are 4-2-2 in December. Four wins in their last eight games may not sound impressive, but it has vaulted the Hurricanes into a playoff spot in the Metropolitan. The Canes play three of their next four games at home. The Hurricanes are 21-of-24 on the penalty kill this month, raising their season average to 81.4 percent, good for 17th in the NHL.
12-9-13: The Hurricanes went 3-0 last week with two road wins and an impressive home win over the San Jose Sharks. Their mini run propelled the Hurricanes into third in the Metropolitan Division and has the team looking at a playoff berth if the playoffs started today. Eric Staal has points in 11 of his last 12 games, and in that span has scored four times and added 10 assists for 14 points. He’s making a case to be on Team Canada for the Olympics.
12-2-13: Carolina split a home-and-home with New Jersey this past week and then loss 3-2 to the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Cam Ward has returned from his knee injury, but he may not be fully recovered. Ward has allowed three-plus goals in five of his six games since returning to the Carolina lineup and has a .903 save percentage in that span. Goaltending has been an issue for the ‘Canes this year. If they can figure out their situation in net and get some scoring up front, Carolina could still make the playoffs in the East.
11-25-13: The Hurricanes had a rough week going 1-3 with two losses to the Bruins and one loss to the Red Wings. Their lone win came against the Senators. Eric Staal continues to be the Hurricanes best player. In 24 games played, Staal has registered six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. He’s minus-11 is a bit of a concern though. As a whole, the Hurricanes have underachieved so far this season as much more has been expected of them.
11-18-13: The Hurricanes handed the Colorado Avalanche their first road loss of the season last Thursday and beat the Ducks in a shootout. Unfortunately, they did lose to a well-rested Blues squad but played fairly well throughout the game. Nathan Gerbe, who was bought out by the Sabres last season, came over to Carolina in the offseason and wasn’t expected to contribute much. Gerbe has already matched his point total of 10 from last season and is second in team scoring behind Eric Staal.
11-12-13: The Hurricanes snapped their five-game losing streak early last week by defeating the Flyers in overtime. They also beat the Islanders and lost in a shootout to Minnesota. For all their struggles, Carolina is only one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, due to the poor play of the Metropolitan Division. Jeff Skinner is expected to miss another two weeks with a hand injury according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
11-5-13: The Hurricanes were outscored 11-2 in all three losses last week. Two of the three games were at home and they were outshot and outplayed in every game. GM Jim Rutherford must find another solution in goal. Carolina is now 0-5-0 since Justin Peters took over in goal for the injured Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin. Peters doesn’t belong in the NHL and why the Canes still have him around baffles me. The ship quickly sinking in Raleigh.
10-29-13: Last week, all seemed well for the Carolina Hurricanes. They were playing well and we’re healthy overall. This week is a different story. The loss two road games to Colorado and Minnesota by a combine score of 7-3. Goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin are out with significant injuries. Justin Peters in the team’s starter right now and his numbers have been awful throughout his NHL career. He has .896 save percentage for Carolina in 49 games played.
10-21-13: The Jackets snapped a four-game losing streak last Sunday with a much needed victory over Vancouver. Curtis McElhinney made his first NHL start since New Year’s Eve of 2011 and stopped 37 of 38 shots thrown his way. It seems like the Jackets have taken a step back this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has been average between the pipes. Marion Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky have been pedestrian. Columbus has 19 goals in eight games. You won’t win many hockey games if you can’t score.
10-14-13: Is it 2006 again? It sure feels like it for the Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltender Cam Ward has a .920 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average and the Hurricanes are relevant again. Last year was a year to forget for Jeff Skinner. He managed 24 points in 42 games but was a whopping minus -21. So far this year, Skinner leads ‘Canes with 7 points and seems to be having fun again. Sniper Alex Semin has been non-existent early on.
10-7-13: Carolina lost a tough 3-2 contest in overtime to Detroit on opening night, but bounced back nicely beating the Philadelphia Flyers. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin was solid in net versus Philly and could very well challenge Cam Ward for the number one slot throughout the season. Hurricanes fans hope Alexander Semin wakes up sometime soon.
8-22-13: Carolina is one of eight teams in the new Metropolitan Division and they will look qualify for the postseason for the first time in five years. The Canes open up the 2013-14 campaign at home on Friday Oct. 4 against Detroit. Since 2009-10, Carolina is 2-11-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. They make their only appearance on NBC Sports Network against their new division rival on Tuesday Nov. 5. Their toughest stretch of the season is from November 16 to 24 where they’re at St. Louis, home against Boston, at Detroit and Boston, and home against Ottawa.
7-22-13: The Hurricanes signed right wing Jared Staal to a one-year, two-way contract, according to an NHL.com report. The deal will pay Staal $550,000 if he plays in the NHL and $60,000 if he's in the AHL during the 2013-14 season.
Hurricanes 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #5: Elias Lindholm, C
Pick #66: Brett Pesce, D
Pick #126: Brent Pedersen, LW
Pick #156: Tyler Ganly, D