The preseason appetizers have been served and it was as exciting as a PB&J. Canes claimed one victory against Winnipeg in a Cam Ward shutout. Saturday’s contest against the Predators was close, but Nashville won 2-1 in OT. However, caniacs were treated with some tasty moments in preason:
- Ryan Murphy showed us he is a talented player with natural instinct.
- The former NCAA national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog, Justin Faulk, demonstrated why he deserves a spot with the Canes.
- Riley Nash pleasantly surprised the organization with a dazzling training camp.
- Perhaps the biggest surprise of all…Jeff Skinner dropped gloves with Kris Russell of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Skinner told the press after the game, “I was just happy to leave with my face unscathed.”
Now is the moment all hockey fans have been waiting for…the main course…the regular season. How does the October menu look for the Hurricanes? The schedule is pretty intense to kick things off. Here are some things to mention:
- There are 11 games in October.
- 7 of 11 games are away, including four consecutive away games from October 14th-Oct. 22nd.
- Canes play 3 back-to-back contests.
- Opening night is against Tampa Bay, and Lord knows there is a need for redemption.
- Canes face Stanley Cup Champs, Boston Bruins, on October 12th and 18th.
- Everyone’s favorite, Buffalo Sabres, host the Canes on October 14th.
The first month of the NHL season is an anxious one. You don’t want playoff hopes to be dependent on a single week in April. It is imperative the Canes find their result-producing units and prove they can be effective on the power play.
Icing on the Cake…
Last season I started writing birthday posts for our Canes and Checkers players, because that’s what caniacs do. We show the love. So have a slice of cake for the following birthday boys:
- Oct. 4th: Zach Boychuk
- Oct. 6th: Justin Krueger
- Oct. 13th: Jon Matsumoto
- Oct. 17th: Matt Pistilli
- Oct. 29th: Our captain, Eric Staal
Let’s Go Canes!