CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 04: Jeff Skinner #53 of the Carolina Hurricanes scores a goal in the 3rd period over Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Hurricanes 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Eastern Conference is tightening up and while the Carolina Hurricanes are still in eighth place at the moment, the Buffalo Sabres are now just one point behind, with two more games to play before the Canes face their next opponent on Wednesday night.
The Sabres have two road games, one in Minnesota, Sunday evening and one in Pittsburgh, Tuesday night. After their big win against the Flyers yesterday, Buffalo is 4-0-2 in their last six games.
The Canes are in need of a similar stretch of games. After taking the day off Saturday, they will have a practice at the Rec Zone today starting at 12:15. (UPDATE: Due to conditions at the Rec Zone, the players will be working out off ice today.)
I'm in the process of working on a couple of articles which should be completed shortly. In the meantime, here are a few links which might be of interest.
Tripp Tracy, Chuck Kaiton, Hockeymom's son, and several other Caniacs have already gotten their heads shaved for St. Baldrick's. Yesterday, a couple of Hurricanes players got involved, Tim Gleason, Justin Peters, and Troy Bodie.
Carolina Hurricanes Go Bald With Hundreds of Other Heroes for Kids With Cancer
Two Raleigh St. Baldrick’s Foundation Events Rank Top 5 in the World Carolina Hurricanes‘ Tim Gleason, Justin Peters and Troy Bodie will shed their locks for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Also, our own Cory Lavalette has an event scheduled at Ruckus Pizza on March 19 at noon. For more info, check out the following link.
Speaking of worthwhile causes, the Hurricanes are also sponsoring a "buy one get one free" promotion for the USO of North Carolina. Of course, the USO helps out the military and their families. See more information below.
USO Bogo Night - Carolina Hurricanes - News
The Hurricanes and the USO of North Carolina are hosting a Military Drive to collect items for the U.S. Military.
General Canes Related Links
HM and I found a few links with some tidbits you may not have seen before:
Erik Cole is included of a listing of players to watch down the stretch.
This past week, NHL.com had a good story about Zac Dalpe.
Zach Dalpe making the most of his stint in Charlotte - NHL.com - AHL Update
Zac Dalpe hopes to be a future scoring sensation with the Hurricanes, and he's biding his time well by tearing up the AHL.
Jim Rutherford was on the David Glenn Show this week as well.
Jim Rutherford Wednesday w/David Glenn onNC Sports Talk
(Select Hour 2 and then go to the 21:30 mark)
Finally, here is a snapshot, (as of March 4) of the Eastern Conference playoff race. It gives a great one look view of the remaining schedule for all the teams in the conference, from our friends at Preds on the Glass.