It’s time to sing “Bienvenido a Miami” as the Carolina Hurricanes move on to their next stop on the four-game road trip
Not only are the Carolina Hurricanes unlucky when they play well, they are also unlucky when they play poorly. Continuing their road trip against teams that once thought they had a shot at the playoffs, the Hurricanes visit sunny Miami, Florida
Remember the last time the Hurricanes played the Panthers? Never has a mid-season win resulted in some of the best free nationwide advertising for a taxi service. With the GM now the coach, his job is safe in case the Hurricanes escape with a win tonight. At least it should be. I wouldn’t trust the computer boys too much; those spreadsheets could become sentient and doom us all.
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While Florida gets a lot of credit, or scorn depending on the person, for being at the forefront of analytics in the hockey world, the Hurricanes right next to the Panthers in the Corsi game. The Hurricanes may not have near as many big name hires as Florida, but Francis probably has the best out of all the bunch at his disposal.
So let game three of the Numbers Bowl commence!
Game Day Thoughts
- As of this writing, there is no word on who the starting goaltender will be in the game tonight. Personally, would like to see if Lack can continue his streak of good play for two reasons. First, if Lack continues his great play it could convince Vegas to take him in the expansion draft. This frees up a roster spot to allow the Hurricanes to attempt to sign one of the pending goalie free agents.
- The second reason behind letting Lack play out the season is to get the man some confidence. Playing goalie is more in the mind than in any goaltender’s actual ability. If the Hurricanes are stuck with the same two goaltenders next year only one of them can actually improve. The other is Cam Ward.
- It’s almost a shame that Jaromir Jagr has to cage that beast of a mane underneath a hockey helmet. Something that magnificent deserves to run free in the wild. Mullets are an endangered species these days so enjoy the business/party dichotomy trait common to the breed before it goes extinct.
- Jeff Skinner has been phenomenal recently. He has five goals and six points in his last five games. Skinner is now on pace to break the thirty goal mark for the third time in his career and the first time since the 2014 season
- Elias Lindholm is on a seven-game point streak with three goals in his last four games as well. That gives him 39 points equal to his totals the past two season with twelve games to go. Lindholm has the assist thing on lock; if he can add another ten goals a season he will be the bona-fide first line player Canes fans expected from the number five pick.