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Carolina Must Continue To Work Hard

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

So it’s crisis time down on Tobacco Road, although the Hurricanes’ bandwagon did not crash as noisily as the one up north did. For that to happen, the lone hockey writer for the lone newspaper in Raleigh would have to somehow turn the bandwagon into a NASCAR racer, fill it with hockey players and crash it into a pep rallies for the Duke and North Carolina college basketball teams….

No one has any easy explanation for the Hurricanes’ slide. Goaltender Cam Ward is having his ups and downs, but so are a number of his teammates.

“I just think that’s the way the league is now,” Brind’Amour said. “The teams are so evenly matched. If you don’t come out working hard every night, it happens.”

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LaRose Looking For Upshall

from the News & Observer,

After the Hurricanes won the shootout for a 6-5 win Saturday after 65 minutes of rough-and-tumble hockey, Carolina forward Chad LaRose stood in the hallway between the two dressing rooms looking for Flyers forward Scottie Upshall.

LaRose emerged from the Carolina dressing room furious with Upshall for “dirty” and “personal” things he said on the ice.

“I even put someone else’s shoes on so I can kick him in the face,” LaRose said.

Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin and video coach Chris Huffine retrieved LaRose from the hallway and LaRose declined to comment afterward. He was escorted past the Flyers dressing room to the Carolina bus by another team staffer.

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Canes Not Against Making A Move

from the News & Observer,

“I wouldn’t consider any options at this point, but I do think it’s time for me to look at everything a lot closer now,” Rutherford said Thursday. “All teams are going to go through ups and downs but I think our down has lasted too long. And it’s more the fact that in given games we look really good and given games we look really bad. There’s no in-between with us.

“That’s troublesome. I’m concerned about that. When we can prepare and play so well one night and play so poorly the next night, that’s not a good sign.”

Rutherford said the trade market is stagnant at the moment, although he continues to make calls.

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Scott Walker Gets A Game

via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker was handed a one-game suspension by the National Hockey League for his actions in Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

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Walker May Be Facing Suspension

from the News & Observer,

Scott Walker may be facing a suspension after the Carolina Hurricanes forward head-butted Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher in the face during a fight on Wednesday night.

After Walker collided with Senators goalie Martin Gerber early in the second period of Carolina’s 6-0 loss, Fisher fought Walker and cut him under the left eye. Walker head-butted Fisher, earning a match penalty for attempt to injure. Fisher said he chipped one tooth and may have lost another.

Walker was ejected from the game and now faces an automatic review from the NHL.

“It was cheap. It caught me off guard,” Fisher said. “I’m sure he will get some games for it. He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away, and I just wanted to let him know he can’t do that.”

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Watch the video, scroll to just past the 2 minute mark to get a clear view of the head butt…

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No Wings In Carolina

from the News & Observer,

What may be the most anticipated road game of the Carolina Hurricanes’ season will be played in a television void when the Hurricanes visit the tonight.

FSN South, Carolina’s local rightsholder, will be showing a Top 50 touchdowns countdown when the Canes take the ice at 5 p.m. because the network chose to air the ACC game between Boston College and Maryland at 7:30 p.m. instead.

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Scoring Woes in Carolina

From Luke Decock at the News & Observer,

Where did all the goals go?

“Am I satisfied with one goal [Wednesday] night? No,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Do I think we’re going to score one goal consistently game after game? No. I don’t think it’s a fluke that we’ve put in the goals we have since the year started. All teams go through it.”

There are no excuses now: With Scott Walker back, all 13 Carolina forwards are healthy for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. They’re just not producing.

Rod Brind’Amour has three goals in the past seven games. Matt Cullen, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Staal, Cory Stillman, Ray Whitney and Justin Williams have combined for seven. Carolina’s defense, meanwhile, has chipped in only three goals all season.

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Making The Switch

from the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes switched two games ago to the modified jerseys, which feature a looser fit on the arms, more air-knit fabric and less of the “bead-away” water repellency technology touted by Reebok.

“I think there were enough complaints league-wide that obviously there was a noticeable difference,” Wesley said Tuesday. “So far, it’s been a good change.”...

The newest jerseys have the same necklines, are cut the same way and offer few visual clues to the changes in materials used. But the adjustments are enough to prompt some praise.

“I think everyone likes the new ones a lot better,” Carolina center Matt Cullen said. “It was just funny to go back to the old material, and it feels better.”

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Cole Taken Off The Ice - Released From The Hospital

from the News & Observer,

Skating low and fast down the right side chasing the puck moments earlier, (Erik) Cole appeared to fall forward as Panthers defenseman Jassen Cullimore got entangled with him as he leaned into Cole.

Cole was taken to the nearby Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla., for observation after laying motionless on the ice for several minutes.

Team officials reported that Cole had demonstrated some movement in his limbs and had some pain in his trapezius muscle covering the upper back and shoulder region.

A team release later said that Cole had been released from the hospital and cleared to fly to Tampa with the team this morning. A CT scan was negative.

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Canes On The Offensive

from the News & Observer,

As of Wednesday morning, three of the NHL’s top 10 scorers were Hurricanes, as were six of the top 30, three of the top 21 in goals and three of the top 10 in assists….

“It’s the style that we play,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “There’s an identity we’re looking for and it’s about the puck and about offense. Another number that ties into that is goals against and goals for.

“The separation there is I think highest in the league. You’re trying to establish a defensive game as well, but with the offense sometimes one has to give. I’m glad to see that separation growing.”

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