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added 10:27am, Carolina press release is below...
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
The Canes, after the time off, play their next five games at PNC Arena — Colorado, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Calgary — and should be in desperation mode. Their schedule split the rest of the way is favorable: 17 games at home and 12 on the road, all played in 52 days.
Of the 58 available points left for Carolina, the Canes likely need at least 40 to be in the playoff conversation, meaning something like a 19-8-2 finish. As Peters said, that’s daunting.
The Canes will next practice Thursday at 4 p.m. and face the Avalanche on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“You only get one practice and then you play a team that’s in the rhythm of playing, so you’ve got your work cut out for you,” Peters said. “You’ve got to dig in and find a way.”
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Equipment manager Jorge Alves had his dream of playing in the NHL come true. Courtesy of CBS Evening News.
The Carolina Hurricanes are one point out of the wild card race with two less games played.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
It remains possible, if not likely, that Cam Ward could play in all 48 of the Carolina Hurricanes’ remaining games, which would be a workload that is actually neither new to him nor historic for the franchise. He’s on pace to appear in 67 games but once played in 74, still three short of the franchise record.
“I think I could do it again,” Ward said Thursday. “I liked it.”
It may come to to that. As things stand, Ward is clearly the Hurricanes’ best option in net not only because of the way he has played since Nov. 1 – a 1.97 goals-against average and .927 save percentage – and his ability to handle the workload so far, but because the other options aren’t making the decision difficult.
Eddie Lack could return from the concussion that has knocked him out for six weeks at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, but it’s been so long since he has played that Hurricanes coach Bill Peters can’t even remember his last start.
NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2016) – Tonight’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, NHL Game No. 477, has been postponed due to a technical problem with the ice equipment that has made the ice surface unplayable.
The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Bryan Bickell sits down with John Forslund to discuss his recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and how he plans to overcome it.
from Luke DeCock or the News & Observer,
It was still scoreless Friday night when Don Waddell called an impromptu first-intermission press conference to object to yet another relocation rumor. The Carolina Hurricanes president normally doesn't respond, but this one rankled.
These rumors came out of the Montreal media, just as they did last April before the Canadiens played the Hurricanes, and you could see Waddell's competitive juices sizzling as the old coach and general manager railed against what he saw as a contrived excuse to distract the Hurricanes players.
If that was the plan, it didn't work. The Hurricanes scored three goals in six minutes of the third period to post a 3-2 win and run their winning streak to three games, not that it made Waddell any less frustrated with this perceived injustice.
“The only reason we're talking about this today is because we're playing the Montreal Canadiens again and it started out of Montreal a few days ago,” Waddell said. “Because somebody has a radio show and because they put whatever they want on there … it grows like a wildfire.”
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette on the same topic,
RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
"First and foremost, the most important thing is for Bryan to take care of himself and our thoughts are with him and his family," said Francis. "He will need to take some time to rest in the immediate future, and we will support him as he takes the necessary steps for his health. We ask that his privacy be respected during the process."
"Since the 2015 playoffs, I've been struggling to understand what was going on with my body. Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn't right," said Bickell. "Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love."
Bickell, 30, has scored one goal in seven games with the Hurricanes this season. The Bowmanville, Ont., native was acquired by Carolina on June 15 from Chicago, where he was a member Chicago's Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Bickell (6'4", 223 lbs.) was drafted by Chicago in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, and has scored 66 goals and earned 70 assists in 391 NHL career regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Hurricanes.
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