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Canes improve special teams, but it is too late?

The Carolina Hurricanes spent much of the season trying to fix a broken power play. It took a mandate from Canes coach Kirk Muller and a personal challenge before the penalty killing improved. That both special teams have become more effective of late has made the Canes a tougher team to beat, but it’s too late. With five games left, they likely will be left out of the Stanley...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 77 By the Numbers: Stars at Hurricanes

As sports fans, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the emotion of a game and get jazzed up over a win even when the season is basically over. Nobody likes to lose, but all winning does at this point is worsen the Hurricanes draft position, so it’s important to keep your eyes focused on the process more than the results. If the Canes are just squeaking out wins while relying on goaltending...
Via Shutdown Line
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Play Problems: Setup & Shot Location

The struggles of the Hurricanes power play are frustrating and it goes beyond just this season. The team's power play has ranked in the bottom half of the league for the last five years, so figuring out the root of the problem is a daunting task at this point. This year is especially frustrating because the Hurricanes have the personnel to run a power play that can at least be...
Via Shutdown Line
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking Down Hurricanes Power Play: Entries

Special teams are something that can give clubs a big boost and for the Hurricanes it's been the exact opposite. Both their power play and penalty kill are ranked in the bottom-third of the league and their Special Team Index (PP% + PK%) is the third worst in the NHL. For reference, most teams strive to have a STI of at least 100 and the Hurricanes are obviously well below that...
Via Shutdown Line
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Zone Entry Update: Olympic Break

With the Olympic break coming to an end and the Hurricanes ready for action tomorrow, it's now a good time to look at their neutral zone performance. I've talked about some of their tendencies in my game recaps and in other articles, but it's been awhile since I last gave a comprehensive look at the Hurricanes zone entry numbers. The last time I did this, all the way...
Via Shutdown Line
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking down the Hurricanes Power Play

When Kirk Muller took over as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, one of the things he intended to do was improve the Canes special teams play. Muller did wonders with the Montreal Canadiens power play when he served as an assistant coach from 2006-2011. The Habs ranked in the top half of the NHL in power play efficiency in each of those years, having a top 10 power play in the...
Via Shutdown Line
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes overwhelm Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1

It's hard to imagine the Carolina Hurricanes playing a much better game than they did Thursday. Two days after having a game in Buffalo postponed by a blizzard, the Canes jumped on the Toronto Maple Leafs early in a 6-1 victory at PNC Arena, pushing their winning streak to five games. The Canes, playing a second game without injured captain Eric Staal, got a big game from his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Staal, Hurricanes beat Maple Leafs 6-1

Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller wasn't sure how his team would respond after Tuesday's game at Buffalo was postponed by a blizzard. With the way Carolina is playing right now, it is going to take more than a change in plans to throw off the Hurricanes' rhythm. Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists, and Jeff Skinner extended his offensive surge with a goal and an assist...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Augello: Disinterested, Disorganized Leafs Drilled In Carolina

The post-Winter Classic funk continued with disastrous results for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as Carolina Hurricanes scored early and often in a 6-1 pummeling at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Zach Boychuk, Jeff Skinner, Patrick Dwyer, John-Michael Liles, Jordan Staal and Elias Lindholm scored for the Hurricanes, who with the victory move into the second wild card spot in the Eastern...
Via HockeyBuzz
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Maple Leafs send John-Michael Liles to Carolina for Tim Gleason

   The Toronto Maple Leafs pulled off a trade on New Year’s Day when general manager Dave Nonis sent veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles and prospect Dennis Robertson of Brown University to the Carolina Hurricanes for fellow American Tim Gleason. The trade comes just a day after the Leafs locked up 28-year-old defenseman and team captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year contract...
Via Hockey Fan Land
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

John-Michael Liles is literally the "new guy"

Whooooo's that guy..... It's John-Michael! John-Michael Liles might not have Zooey Dechanel's bangs, but he's still the "new guy" on the Carolina Hurricanes. He even has the locker stall nameplate to prove it! Liles was acquired by the Hurricanes in a surprise move that sent Tim Gleason to Toronto. Liles got to take warm-ups with...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

John-Michael Liles is literally the "new guy"

Whooooo's that guy..... It's John-Michael! John-Michael Liles might not have Zooey Dechanel's bangs, but he's still the "new guy" on the Carolina Hurricanes. He even has the locker stall nameplate to prove it! Liles was acquired by the Hurricanes in a surprise move that sent Tim Gleason to Toronto. Liles got to take warm-ups with the Leafs...
Via Bloguin Best
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Saluting the saddest man from the Winter Classic

The Winter Classic is the highlight of the regular season in the NHL. It was an outrage when it was canceled last year thanks to the lock out. It was such a marquee event that the game broke a record for highest attendence on an NHL game. It hearkens back to a players youth, and provides a spetacle for viewers watching at home. Even people that aren't regularly hockey fans are...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

John-Michael Liles traded to Canes, name plate says 'New Guy'

Looks like the Carolina Hurricanes made John-Michael Liles feel right at home after acquiring him from the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day during warm ups for the Winter Classic. His name plate says “New Guy” and I really hope that’s what it says on his jersey until his gets in.  Liles was traded for Tim Gleason and a prospect in a trade of underachieving big contract...
Via Diehardsport
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes swap Tim Gleason for John-Michael Liles

Everyone around the hockey universe knew that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford was looking to make a few trades and we've seen a couple go down over the last few days, the biggest of which occurring yesterday. Longtime Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman John-Michael Liles and prospect Dennis Robertson. This was something...
Via Shutdown Line
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Gleason heads to Toronto in trade with 'Canes for Liles, prospect

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired veteran defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for defenseman John-Michael Liles. The Hurricanes also received the rights to college defenseman Dennis Robertson in the trade announced during the Maple Leafs' game against Detroit in the Winter Classic. The 30-year-old Gleason was the Hurricanes' most...
Via AP on Fox
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs, Hurricanes Make Trade

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson.
Via Hyped Up Hockey
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes trade Gleason to Maple Leafs for Liles

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired veteran defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman John-Michael Liles. In the trade announced Wednesday during the Maple Leafs' Winter Classic game against Detroit, the Hurricanes also received the rights to defenseman Dennis Robertson. The 30-year-old Gleason was the Hurricanes' most physical forward...
Via AP on Fox
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Trade Defenseman Tim Gleason to Leafs, Acquire Defenseman John-Michael Liles And a Prospect

The Toronto Maple Leafs bolstered their blue line on Wednesday by acquiring defenseman Tim Gleason from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman John-Michael Liles and former sixth-round pick Dennis Robertson. The two teams announced the deal during the 2013 Winter Classic at the University of Michigan, where the Leafs are playing in the NHL’s marquee outdoor event against...
Via NESN.com
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Karash: Thoughts on Tim Gleason for John-Michael Liles trade

I still do not see an official announcement by either team, but I guess if it is done enough for TSN/Bob McKenzie it is done enough for me... First, I thank Tim Gleason for all that he did in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform. He has always been a class act and a player that gave everything he could. For me, it feels weird to mix the moving forward why he is gone with the tribute...
Via HockeyBuzz
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade: Leafs acquire Gleason for Liles

The oft-rumored Tim Gleason trade is complete. Gleason is on his way from Carolina to Toronto, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. In exchange, the Leafs will send defenseman John-Michael Liles and defenseman Dennis Robertson, the Leafs’ sixth-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Gleason, 30, has spent the last eight years with the ‘Canes after breaking into the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Canes and Leafs Make Deal by   Curtis Morrison

While the Leafs are playing in the Winter Classic, their front office has come to a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Tim Gleason. The Leafs give up healthy scratch John-Michael Liles & defensive prospect Dennis Robertson in the deal. Tim Gleason is a 30-year-old veteran who has spent the majority of his career with the Hurricanes. He’s currently [...]
Via The Hockey House
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Zone Exits: The case for adding a puck-mover

The term "puck-moving defenseman" has become a taboo topic among Carolina fans because most are sick of hearing about it at this point. Between the years of watching terrible defensive play and the rumors of the Hurricanes being interested of John-Michael Liles, the mere mention of the words "puck-moving defenseman" is bound to make any Carolina fan cringe. Personally...
Via Shutdown Line
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Augello: Leafs Recall Liles, Place Bozak on LTIR

The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Via HockeyBuzz
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Augello: Leafs Demote Liles, Recall Smith For Game In Buffalo

. @SportChek Player Alert: #Leafs recall Trevor Smith & assign John-Michael Liles to the #Marlies http://t.co/fsUVuvCrZ6— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 15, 2013 new blog posted in a few...
Via HockeyBuzz
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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