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Hurricanes Injury Update: Sekera, Liles, Skinner all near return

There is more good news coming for the Carolina Hurricanes. Yes Eric Staal is skating, and the team is about to welcome back three players to their lineup. These players include defensemen Andrej Sekera and John-Michael Liles and forward Jeff Skinner.<div style="background-color: white; color: #a7a7a7; display: inline-block; font-family: "Helvetica Neue",Arial...
Via Sports Injury Alert
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurricanes-Jets Preview

With some reinforcements on the way, the Carolina Hurricanes can confidently focus on earning their first victory. The visiting Hurricanes could have three key players back as they try to avoid matching a club record with five straight losses to open the season Tuesday night against the reeling Winnipeg Jets. After scoring a career-high 33 goals in 2013-14, star Carolina winger Jeff...
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres-Hurricanes Preview

So far, the Buffalo Sabres don't look much improved from last season, while key injuries have the Carolina Hurricanes enduring their own sluggish start. The Sabres will try to solve their dismal offensive play and capitalize on the injury-riddled Hurricanes in a matchup of two winless teams Tuesday night. Buffalo (0-3-0) had a league-low 52 points last season, finishing 14 behind...
Via AP on Fox
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Time for the NHL to Embarass the Divers

#57060815 / gettyimages.coms/t Pro hockey talk... I really like the idea of exposing and publically humiliating the divers in the NHL. I am all in on that idea. In fact, let's have a wall of shame and expose the frauds weekly that cheapen the game of hockey. I have a great idea. Let's have an end of the season dishonor award for the frauds that get caught diving and embellishing...
Via Goon's World
September 16, 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

Puck Dumps 1/10/14

I can only hope that your weekend is as magical as your week was. The Top Line Nobody is REALLY talking about the same thing, but two sites have Sidney Crosby front and center. ESPN, Sports Illustrated   Scoreboard Florida 2, Buffalo 1 (SO) - Hey, great job, hockey players.  New Jersey 1, Dallas 0 - I don't remember, is New Jersey still trapping...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
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

Fixing the third defense pair

Poor depth has been the root of a lot of the Hurricanes problems this year and a major one has been finding a consistent third defense pairing. The blue line was a major concern for this team coming into the season but the third pairing wasn't supposed to be a problem. If anything, a problem last year was that the Hurricanes had "too many" third pairing guys and not...
Via Shutdown Line
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Maple Leafs-Hurricanes Preview

The surging Carolina Hurricanes haven't lost since falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. Weather is the only thing getting in their way this week. After its last game was postponed by a blizzard, Carolina hopes to pick up where it left off Thursday night against the visiting Maple Leafs. The Hurricanes (18-16-9) have followed an 0-3-2 skid with a season-best four consecutive...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 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

Metro Division’s underperforming teams keep Carolina Hurricanes alive in playoff race

By Dylan Howlett (@DylanHowlett) Boy cries wolf. Villagers come. No wolf. Villagers leave. Boy cries wolf a second time. Villagers come again. No wolf. Villagers leave. Boy cries wolf a third time. Villagers don’t come. Wolf appears. Sheep scatter. Boy weeps. If the shepherd boy in Aesop’s fable knew his fate would pale to the ignominy of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, another...
Via The Hockey Guys
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

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

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
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