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On Tuesday night, the Hurricanes pummeled the visiting Edmonton Oilers to the tune of 7-1. A lot went right for the home team, including great success at the power play, a 50% success rate in the faceoff circle (!), a four point night from captain Eric Staal and a three point night from rookie sensation Jeff Skinner. However, the Hurricanes should be careful not to break their collective arm patting themselves on the back. The Oilers are a bad team who got off to a really bad start and never recovered. Carolina scored just 26 seconds into the game, and it was all downhill from there.
Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin allowed four goals on eight shots in just 7:19 of ice time. It was probably the second worst night of the calendar year for him. His dreadful save percentage of .500 was only marginally higher than ... oh never mind.
The Hurricanes entered the 2010 Entry Draft with a league-high eleven picks. Although they didn’t make a big move to parlay some of the three second rounders into an additional first rounder, they were busy making trades with those draft picks. I’ll analyze the draft selections later. For now, I’ll give a rundown of the trades that brought a forward prospect, a free agent forward prospect and a defenseman who may be NHL-ready.
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Tonight’s matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes is not only two of the worst teams in the league, and not only a rematch of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. It’s a game between two of the most banged-up teams in the league. The Oilers have lost 306 man-games to injury (which is most in the league) while the Hurricanes have lost 217 man-games (third in the league).
Carolina has started to get some of their regulars back Before they can talk about Joe Corvo, Erik Cole, Tuomo Ruutu or Scott Walker coming back, they’ve unfortunately had to add a player (back) to the injured list. Chad “Sharpie” LaRose suffered an “upper body injury” in the Hawks game and is not on the four-game road trip.
The team has not announced any call-ups from Albany, and they have not been using any healthy scratches, so I have no idea what the game plan is for tonight.
I was working all day and the only trade news I was getting was through the very slow NHL.com text message updates. When 3:00, then 3:30, then 4:00 rolled around, I assumed that the Carolina Hurricanes stood pat with what they had. Then a buddy called me and dropped a ten megaton atomic bomb on me. And it played out like a horrible game of fortunately/unfortunately.
Carolina sent one of my favorite Canes, Justin Williams (whose sweater I wear) to the Los Angeles Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan. SCORE!!! Sad to see Willy go, but that’s a great deal. I’ve been watching him for a little while, partly because he’s the only player in the NHL who was born in North Carolina. Young kid on the rise, destined to be a 30 goal scorer, with two years of reasonable salary remaining on his contract. Of course that wasn’t the end of it. Of course it was part of a three-way deal, and my excitement quickly turned to nonplus, then instantly to anger. Lots of cuss words.
O’Sullivan was immediately dealt to Edmonton, and I didn’t need to wait for the rest. I knew who the other player was and I actually cringed. Not that I dislike Erik Cole, but I just don’t like this deal.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes returned home after a long trip to face a team just starting a long road trip and deep into a losing streak. Unfortunately for the Canes, Edmonton was able to put an end to their losing ways and the visitors came out with a 3-1 win. In the process, Canes forward Matt Cullen joined the injury list. Today is Cully’s 32nd birthday, but he’ll have to spend it in the pressbox with five other injured Canes.
Today, the Hurricanes will be facing the Edmonton Oilers. It’ll be the first time since October 13 that they’ve played at home. Thankfully, I got a personal phone call from Scott Walker to remind me that today’s game was a 3:00 matinee. Okay, so it wasn’t so much a “personal call” as a recorded message sent out to all season ticket holders, but there’s no need to split hairs.
Carolina returns home after a successful six game roadtrip, during which they earned eight of a possible 12 points (3-1-2). After winning their first four games, the Oil have lost five games in a row. This is the second of seven straight road games for Edmonton, who won’t return home until November 13. Being on the road for that long sucks, but the Oilers got a little bit of rest and home cooking this weekend when they stayed at Erik Cole’s home in Raleigh. On Friday, he and his wife Emily hosted the entire team for dinner at the house he still owns in Raleigh.
Cole was a fan favorite here, and his homecoming will be bitter-sweet for everyone.
Tonight, Erik Cole and the Edmonton Oilers will play their first game of the season, at home against the Avs. I will be among the Caniac nation keeping an eye on our boy.
The Oilers fans have high hopes for him, as well they should. Cole spent six seasons here in Carolina electrifying fans with his speed, skill, creativity and toughness. Cole scored 129 regular season goals for the Canes and six playoff goals, all of which came in 2002. By far and away, the biggest goal he’s ever scored was the game-tying goal in the Miracle at Molson. If Cole doesn’t score that goal, the Habs would have gone up three games to one in the Eastern semifinals. Instead, the Canes tied it, forced overtime and won. That absolutely killed the Habs. Carolina won the next two games easily to win the series, then beat Toronto in six games en route to losing the Stanley Cup to Detroit in five games.