Hurricanes' Gardiner Struggling to Find Consistency

Hurricanes' Gardiner Struggling to Find Consistency

December 3rd, 2019 The Carolina Hurricanes were the butt end of many jokes during the offseason over their obsession with stockpiling defensemen, and for a while, it looked like defense would be the area of least concern. But one of the newcomers on the blue line has yet to find his game two months into the season,...
Keys to the Hurricanes' Successful Finish to November

Keys to the Hurricanes' Successful Finish to November

December 3rd, 2019 In the first game of the month, the Carolina Hurricanes could not have started off hotter as they blew out the struggling Detroit Red Wings 7-3, but this momentum would not continue through their next couple of games. They would lose their next four games: two at home vs. the New Jersey Devils and...

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November 23rd, 2019
Florida Panthers

RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina’s high-scoring defencemen made a big impact again as Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce scored to help the Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night. Hamilton also assisted on Martin Necas’ goal, Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-netter and Petr Mrazek stopped 21 shots for the Hurricanes (14-8-1), who won for the fifth time in six games. Aaron Ekblad and Brian Boyle scored for Florida (12-6-5), which had won three straight. The Hurricanes encourage their defencemen to contribute on offence as much as any team in the NHL, and it paid off Saturday night. Carolina, which entered leading the NHL with 18 goals by defencemen, got two more as Pesce delivered the Hurricanes’ first score of the game and Hamilton broke a 2-all tie off a feed from Teuvo Teravainen with 2:15 remaining in the second period. Brett Pesce, Carolina Hurricanes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Hamilton, who led NHL defencemen with nine goals this season...
November 23rd, 2019
Hurricanes Goaltending

Just a few years ago, Petr Mrazek was the answer to the Detroit Red Wings’ long-term problems in net. Fast-forward to the present and he’s regressed. He’s not even a question mark at this stage. Oh, to be clear, the Carolina Hurricanes should know by now what they have in Mrazek. As far as any dreams of legitimately contending go, he’s a non-starter, literally. Hurricanes a Powerhouse on Paper, Except... From a win-loss perspective, the 27-year-old is admittedly getting the job done… at least for now, until he isn’t any longer. Mrazek’s 10-4-1, but it should be readily apparent that mark has more to do with the team in front of him than his skillset. He may be perfectly adequate, but, if you look at the Hurricanes’ stats this season, goaltending that’s simply adequate sticks out like the sore thumb of a hitchhiker on the road to nowhere. Petr Mrazek - (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The Hurricanes have a potent attack with three players having scored...
November 21st, 2019
Philadelphia Flyers

RALEIGH, N.C. — Claude Giroux had two goals and two assists, leading the Philadelphia Flyers past the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Thursday night. Morgan Frost had a goal and an assist in his second NHL game, helping the Flyers stop a four-game slide. Ivan Provorov also scored, Travis Konecny had three assists and Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter with 5.7 seconds left. Carolina had won four in a row. Lucas Wallmark tied it at 3 at 3:24 of the third period, Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist 80 seconds apart in the first, and Sebastian Aho also scored. Brian Elliott made 33 saves for Philadelphia while Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots for Carolina. The Flyers’ line of Giroux, Frost and Konecny played a part in all four goals. None was bigger than the tiebreaking play, with Frost slipping an across-the-crease pass to Giroux, who tapped it in with 8:44 remaining. Morgan Frost (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Elliott shut the Hurricanes down after that, stopping...
November 20th, 2019
Carolina Hurricanes

Head coach Rod Brind’Amour has never been the kind of coach to shy away from mixing up the lines for the Carolina Hurricanes. Chemistry is essential for the 'Canes, who aren't exactly blessed with any kind of generational offensive talent. But now in the midst of another winning streak, Brind’Amour and the team may have finally solidified a legitimate No. 1 line that can compete with some of the most dangerous trios in the game. For the past four games, Sebastian Aho has centered the top line, flanked by Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov. Stacking the Hurricanes’ three most offensively skilled players on one line seems like an obvious move to generate more offense, but it’s the first time the trio has ever played together on the same line 5-on-5, and so far they’ve been lights out. Svechnikov's Graduation It took a healthy dose of NHL experience for Svechnikov to finally get a decent look on Aho’s wing, but in his 100th-career game, the 19-year-old finally...