Found February 04, 2013 on
James van Riemsdyk
Toronto Maple Leafs
Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs
7 p.m., Air Canada Centre
TV: FS-Carolinas, SportsNet-Ontario
Starting this long road trip with a 5-3 loss to an injury-depleted Flyers team on Saturday night probably wasn't what the Hurricanes had in mind, so they will look to turn things around tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That loss to the Flyers was yet another game where Carolina managed to outplay their opponent at even strength but end up on the losing end thanks to a couple miscues and bad special teams play. Both the powerplay and penalty kill are becoming a huge story for the Hurricanes this year and not in a good way, as it appears that both are the Achilles Heel for this team that looks much improved on paper compared to last season. Most people saw the penalty kill going through a rough patch this year since this team doesn't have many shutdown defensemen, but the powerplay going only 4/36 on the season is a bit of mystery with all of the talent pres...
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The Hurricanes made a surprising move today by deciding to send down forward Zac Dalpe to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League and recall Tim Wallace. Dalpe had two points in six games and is the only forward on the team who can go to the AHL without needing waivers, so he was sent down in favor of Tim Wallace who could possibly add some grit to the team. Wallace...
Sportsnet Ontario flexed their creative muscle during the Carolina Hurricanes / Toronto Maple Leafs game on Monday night. Midway through the second period, Carolina led the Maple Leafs by a score of 2-1 thanks to goals from Jordan Staal and his brother Eric.
As the station prepared to go to break (or returned from break, we're not sure), they opted to run a slightly modified...
A puck was shot towards the bench area and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel had a priceless reaction. I can’t blame him for flinching, it was just the way he went about it that makes this absolutely hysterical. It was like he was completely shocked that he didn’t get hit and wasn’t ready to let his guard down.[The Score]
The Toronto Maple Leafs have had quite a week winning two games and losing a close one on the weekend. After watching these games I realized two things. One, Buffalo’s net minder, Ryan Miller can be beaten, two no matter how hard he tries, Phil Kessel can not seem to score a goal, not even an empty netter. He now has 36 shots on net and no goals to show for it. He did...
But goal waved off after it was reviewed, kicking motion.
added 9:16pm, via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 18:44 of the second period in the Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game, video review determined that Toronto forward Tyler Bozak directed the puck into the net with his right skate. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored...
TORONTO (AP) -- Jordan Staal scored his first goal with the Hurricanes, and his brother Eric added the winner in Carolina's 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Jeff Skinner had three assists, Patrick Dwyer added a goal and an assist, and Justin Faulk also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward backed up the offense with a 41-save performance.
Matt Frattin scored...
I get a decent number of emails and Hockeybuzz messages with fantasy hockey related questions. How does the power play look? What are chances of ____ moving up to Staal line? Etc.
So with a couple days between Canes games, I figured I would take a shot at evaluating Canes players for fantasy hockey leaguers.
Cam Ward. He was off to an atrocious start heading into Monday...
Congrats to the Maple Leafs broadcast network for pulling this Staal Brothers (Jordan & Eric) 2, Maple Leafs 1 stunt during last night’s game. The Hurricanes would win, 4-2, but the Leafs shutout the Staal’s in the 3rd period. Some call that a moral victory.
Speaking of hockey, would you buy a soft pretzel shaped like the Stanley Cup? Of course you would. Would you buy...
The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Korbinian Holzer on Sunday from the Toronto Marlies and returned winger Ryan Hamilton to the AHL club.
The recall was necessitated by an injury to blueliner Carl Gunnarsson, who took the pre-game skate before the Leafs faced Boston on Saturday, but is now out with an unspecified lower body injury.
The 24 year old native of Munich, Germany...
The Carolina Hurricanes climbed back to .500 at 4-4 with a solid win in Toronto on Monday night. The first period looked a bit too much like recent losses for comfort, but all is well that ends well. And end well it did after the Canes were the better team for the 2nd and 3rd periods.
A few random notes:
--Cam Ward. On the right track. He was great all night on first shots...
The Hurricanes have been a pretty decent team at even strength so far this year but their underlying numbers are skewed heavily due to the fact that they have been forced to play from behind in all but two of their games. This is partially the reason why they have outchanced their opponents in every game this year and why most of their players have very positive underlying numbers...
Once again, the Hurricanes were involved in a game where they were playing from behind and ended up having a huge lead in shots and scoring chances partially because of it. Don't get me wrong, Carolina having an advantage in shots and scoring chances for yet another game is a good thing in the long-run, but it's still very early in the year and I'm not sure how much stock...
Last night's 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes may not have been the textbook way to win a hockey game. But the Flyers couldn't care less right now. They desperately needed the two points from the game. After being held to two or fewer goals in seven of the first eight games, the five goals (including three power play tallies) felt like a bonanza.
The Toronto Maple Leafs just can't get the job done at home. It's been a different story on the road.
Toronto looks to match its best road start since 1998-99 on Tuesday night when it faces the slumping Washington Capitals for the second time in less than a week.
After picking up their first home points of the season on Thursday with a 3-2 win over Washington (2-6-1), the...
Tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs provided the Hurricanes with a chance to get back to .500 and give the team some positive vibes as they continue this long road trip. It looked like they could be in for another long game as Carolina got off to the worst start imaginable in the first 20 minutes. The Canes were stuck in their own zone for about 60% of the frame, couldn...