- The Carolina Hurricanes moved into third place in the standings after a 6-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings but Micheal Ferland and Justin Faulk both left with injuries.
- A new Storm Surge, but putting the new projector to great use
- Gary Bettman was in town yesterday as part of his annual visits to each NHL city, and joined Adam and Joe and spoke about his like of the Storm Surge among other things. Bettman has really seemed to come across better in recent interviews that I’ve heard him in and this one is worth a listen [WRALSportsFan]
- And here’s his full scrum with the media at PNC Arena [WRALSportsFan]
- Tom Dundon has been very vocal about getting an outdoor game in Raleigh and Bettman wouldn’t commit - yet - but dropped plenty of hints that the 2020-21 season might feature a game at Carter-Finley Stadium.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will address the media at 5 p.m. Those traffic cones on the Carter-Finley field form an awfully familiar shape pic.twitter.com/kqR5niThXJ— Andrew Schnittker (@aschnitt53) February 26, 2019
.@NHLCanes have a visitor today. #NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman takes a quick tour of Carter Finley Stadium to see what outdoor hockey would look like there. @PackAthletics #WRAL pic.twitter.com/nZQRwJt5cM— Jeff Gravley (@jgravleyWRAL) February 26, 2019
In regards to the photo circulating Twitter showing the cones on Carter-Finley today:— Bridget Condon (@BridgetABC11) February 26, 2019
"We are close," said Dundon. "I am very optimistic but it's not done, but I think we feel pretty strongly that it's going to happen in this town." Plan for 2020-2021 season #ABC11 @ABC11_WTVD pic.twitter.com/piraxtAiXj
- Tom Dundon is excited with the upward trajectory of the Carolina Hurricanes on and off the ice. [WRALSportsfan.com]
- Most outdoor games are accompanied by college games and someone has an idea in mind
- More on Bettman and the league eyeing the Hurricanes to host an outdoor game. [News&Observer]
- In the aftermath of the trade deadline, players talked about what it is like picking up and moving to a new unfamiliar team
A few players said goodbye to their teammates yesterday during #Tradecentre. For reference - two perfect songs for the occasion, as sung by @JustinWilliams x Jason Spezza. @thelnino22 got me to sing the other one...poorly. Full video here https://t.co/kNzFpDwiYV pic.twitter.com/RyC76WOA5t— Cabbie Richards (@Cabbie) February 26, 2019
- Another new player to his team has a familiar to long time Carolina Hurricanes. Riley Stillman, son of Cory Stillman and alumnus of the Junior Hurricanes, made his debut last night with the Panthers.
- The Ottawa Senators have a tough arena issue right now. The deadline to come to an agreement on a new downtown location has passed without resolution. [Sportsnet]
- In case there is an outdoor game, the state legislature has already passed a bill allowing for one-off alcohol sales at Carter-Finley. [News&Observer]
- (whispers) this came out yesterday and also includes priority for buying tickets to games after April 6 if you know what we mean
Stalking the Standings
Though the Hurricanes won and moved up to third place in the Metro, they are actually behind the first wild card spot. They are tied with the Penguins for the second wild card position but have the tie breaker. The Blue Jackets are behind both the Canes and the Pens by just one point.
- Chad Ruhwedel and Bryan Rust were the latest Penguins to leave a game with injuries last night in the Penguins 5-2 win against the Blue Jackets last night. Most importantly it was a regulation loss for one team.
- Islanders didn’t add at the deadline and now have lost three out of four with a 3-1 loss to the Flames.
- Washington Capitals waxed the Ottawa Senators 7-2.
- Not to be outdone the Montreal Canadiens put up eight goals in a win against the Detroit Red Wings.
- Flyers won 5-2 against the struggling Buffalo Sabres.
- Metro 1: New York Islanders: 62 GP, 79 Points, 104 pt pace, 33 ROW
- Metro 2: Washington Capitals: 64 GP, 79 Points, 101 pt pace, 33 ROW
- Metro 3: Carolina Hurricanes: 63 GP, 74 Points, 96 pt pace, 33 ROW
- WC 1: Montreal Canadiens: 64 GP, 75 Points, 96 pt pace, 32 ROW
- WC 2: Pittsburgh Penguins: 63 GP, 74 Points, 96 pt pace, 32 ROW
- 9th: Columbus Blue Jackets: 62 GP: 73 Points, 96 pt pace, 35 ROW
- 10th: Philadelphia Flyers: 53 PG, 67 Points, 87 pt pace, 28 ROW
Tonight’s Rooting Guide
None of the teams in the East’s playoff race plays tonight, so take the night off and get some rest and relaxation - it’s going to be a long March. Also, everyone is going to have to root for the Flyers on Thursday, and you deserve a 24 hour heads up.