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Anton Khudobin (Photo credit: Fox Sports) Let’s talk about the reality of the Carolina Hurricanes coming out of Quebec City against the Montreal Canadiens on the 20th. The reality is that Carolina is not a strong team to be reckoned with by any means. Initially, head coach Kirk Muller was attesting most of the shots on goal and scores to the fact that the ‘Canes have a large amount of newer players to the team that need to adjust to the systems inherent in the NHL. Ignore the fact that they have sent down plenty of players for that very same reason, and the 28 player roster is looking incredibly weak. Ignore the fact that the team is still not complete for the regular season. Call me old fashioned, but I feel like it’s the wrong call to blame green players for the failure of a team. To me, that screams fear of being held responsible for such a devastating loss in preseason, and Muller seems to be consistently making passive aggressive shots at his own team. But, I digress. Honestly, hockey is hockey. Some numbers might be a little different between AHL and the NHL, and you’ve got a more competitive and seasoned regiment of players to contend with, but ultimately it’s the same game. I don’t care if you’re on a pond, or if you’re at the PNC arena. It’s hockey. You skate, you score, you fight when necessary. That’s the end of discussion, with only semantics to back up anything else. Now obviously, the next game against the Canadiens showed us that the Carolina Hurricanes agreed that enough was enough. They fired back with their first win of the pre-season against the same team that shut them out to a 6-0 loss, with a 3-1 victory. Respectable swing of events for sure, but I think the mainstay of the game that earned the credit was Anton Khudobin with a whopping 41 saves. Comparatively, I think that almost qualifies him for the title of “good player,” which is something that the Carolina Hurricanes sorely need more of at this point. Given that Jeff Skinner will make the regular season (his preseason has been sidelined by injury) they should see some improvements as the season gets rolling regardless of their fluctuating green roster. Follow isportsweb on twitter Muller also stated that the team needs to play it’s own style and be sure about their game, with their Montreal game being a testament to that being the case. Do I agree? No. Why? Because the Carolina Hurricanes have a history of being a fairly fluid team with an adjustment style that matches their competition. Hopefully, with the start of the season on the horizon, this holds true and we’re able to see the team play in its’ absolute best niche: flowing with their competition in order to find a great, stable game  to carry them through to victory.

Who will be the final 23?

Another round of roster cuts has passed and it's still uncertain what the Hurricanes opening day roster will look like. The team has spent the last couple of days attempting to trim down the roster to 23 and while we are getting a better picture of what the roster will look like, it's still tough to figure things out at the moment. Between the injuries, the Welsh/Dalpe trade...

Lindholm returns to Canes practice

Elias Lindholm returned to practice Tuesday but Alexander Semin again was absent as the Canes continue to gear up for Friday's opener against Detroit. Lindholm has been slowed by a hand injury and played only in the Canes' first preseason game. The Canes' first-round draft pick has missed practices but spent considerable time being led through conditioning workouts by...

Hurricanes opening night roster set (kinda)

With the roster needing to be trimmed down to 23 players by 5 p.m. today, many fans were hoping that the Hurricanes roster situation would be cleared up by now. Unfortunately, the roster the Hurricanes submitted left everyone with more unanswered questions. According to the statement released by the Canes today, the Hurricanes "opening night" roster will feature 12 forwards...

Alexander Semin returns to Canes practice

Alexander Semin was back at Canes practice Wednesday returning just two days before the season opener with Detroit. Not that Canes coach Kirk Muller was too worried about it. Semin is a veteran forward has been skating with assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour and was an easy fit back on the line with center Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty and on the first power play unit. "It&...

Carolina Hurricanes GM Says It’s Time to Get Rid of Fighting from NHL

Fighting is one of the most controversial and exciting parts of the NHL game, but a growing number of people would like the league to remove it entirely. One opponent of fighting is Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who recently told TSN’s Darren Dreger that ”We’ve got to get rid of fighting, it has to go.” The league has put a huge emphasis on preventing...

Matt Karash: 2013-14 Carolina Hurricanes Preview (Pt 1):What it takes to make playoffs

In the ongoing saga that is the creation of the opening night roster, we saw 2 entries today. In terms of injuries, we got a tiny bit more clarity today. Gleason has a concussion, is out indefinitely and will not play in the opener though he has not yet been placed on IR (unless I missed it). Skinner practiced. Semin and Lindholm did not, but both seem to still be in the mix...

Matt Karash: 2013-14 Carolina Hurricanes fantasy hockey preview

First, for anyone checking in specifically for Canes fantasy hockey updates, please take this quick poll to help me figure out how best to provide updates throughout the season. Click here to take survey I am kicking around the idea of setting up a placeholder blog that people could bookmark and then check specifically for Canes fantasy hockey updates, so people do not need...

Carolina Hurricanes put Pitkanen on long-term injured reserve

Joni Pitkanen was put on the LTIR, Long Term Injured Reserve on Tuesday, adding to the shuffling the team has already done this pre-season. In addition to Pitkanen, his fellow blue liner Matt Corrente was put on waivers. The 30 year old defenseman is now going to miss the whole 2013-14 NHL campaign due to the lingering affects of a heel that was broken going back to late last season...

Matt Karash: 2013-14 Carolina Hurricanes Season Preview (Pt 2): "First Team Defense"

Per my fantasy hockey preview blog yesterday, in the next few days I will put up a placeholder blog where I will make regular entries on the Hurricanes with a fantasy hockey slant to include things like line combinations, injury updates, hot/cold trends, etc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The opening...
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