Hey, the Canes are undefeated (!!!) through two preseason games. The last time that happened was way back in 2007-08. Unfortunately there hasn't been a lot to watch since the Caps broadcast was spotty outside the DC viewing area and the Lightning game wasn't televised at all. That said:
- Our good friend Corey Sznajder (Shutdown Line) breaks down every possible stat you could ever imaging from Monday’s game against the Capitals [The Energy Line].
- Micah Blake McCurdy brings the graphics on both games via HockeyViz [Caps] [Lightning].
- A few early takeaways from the games [Today's Slapshot].
- John Forslund is always a must-listen, but his perspective is especially welcome since he saw Tuesday’s game live and in person. The games and more from training camp with Adam Gold in this week’s Canes Corner podcast [WRALSportsFan].
Other news from in and around training camp and the players competing for a spot on the roster or at least for your time and attention:
- Rod Brind'Amour says training camp ain't what it used to be [TriangleSportsNet].
- Steven Lorentz scored in Sunday's scrimmage and knows he's a long shot to make an NHL roster but is determined to beat the odds [N&O].
- The incumbents on the Canes defense are young, but they're already being pushed by the next wave of talent [NSJ].
- With Haydn Fleury out, Jake Bean took on a big role in Traverse City [Today's Slapshot].
- Sergey Tolchinsky and Valentin Zykov, friends since the age of 10, are hoping to put Russia back on the Canes roster [N&O].
- In case you haven't seen it yet, see it. Here's the entire Ron Francis State of the Canes interview from Sunday's Caniac Carnival scrimmage:
- Ryan Murphy has flu-like symptoms and didn’t practice with the team this morning,
- Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen are likely to work into the lineup for tomorrow night’s game but at the latest by Sunday’s game against the Wild,
- If Team Canada wins the World Cup tonight, Bill Peters is expected to make his way back to Raleigh tomorrow to observe tomorrow night’s game from the press box.
Many things need to go right for the Hurricanes to make the playoffs in 2016-17, but they’re trending in the right direction according to these season previews (side note, SB Nation will run its NHL preview on Oct. 5 so stay tuned) [The Hockey News] [Fansided].
Building your fantasy roster? A couple of Canes players are potential breakthrough candidates this season [THN].
The World Cup of Hockey finals continue tonight with Game 2 between Team Canada and Team Europe (8:00 pm, ESPN). Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock talks about what he looked for when he sought out Bill Peters as an assistant [NHL.com].
Everyone knows Jordan Staal is a pretty useful hockey player, but here are all the reasons why [Section 328].
Spoilers from the Canes Media Guide, which was published earlier this week.... Bryan Bickell's favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber, Jay McClement would be an electrician if he wasn't a hockey player, Phil Di Giuseppe's favorite meal is lamb chops, one of Viktor Stalberg's nicknames is 'Stally' (awkward), and the celebrities Joakim Nordstrom, Noah Hanifin, and Victor Rask would like to meet are, respectively, Will Farrell, Blake Lively, and Justin Bieber. [CanesPR]
Raleigh Center Ice is celebrating its grand re-opening with an open house on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 12:00pm – 3:00pm [RCI].
Finally, on Tuesday the NHL announced its plans for celebrating 100 years of hockey all throughout calendar 2017 [NHL.com]. Looks like quite the party!