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On Saturday, the Hurricanes had a much better showing than they did on Friday. Against the defending Southeast Division champion Capitals, they forced overtime to earn a standings point.
For the second game in as many days, the Hurricanes scored the first goal, but couldn’t put one in the “win” column. For the second game in as many days, Jussi Jokinen took a penalty that ended up being really costly. Apart from that, it was a very different game from the one against the Lightning.
The Hurricanes made some personnel changes on the bench and on the ice over the summer. There are a lot of new guys, but the result of the opening night game was pretty much the same as a lot of games from the last two seasons. They worked hard and looked great in the first period. They lost the edge in the second, and then they just got outworked in the third. Penalties, poor special teams play and lack of focus all added up, and the sum was a 5-1 loss at the hands of Tampa.
Jeff Skinner scored the Canes’ only goal at 8:07 of the first and was really the best thing the Canes had. He and defenseman Joni Pitkanen were good. Justin Faulk was good. Everyone else was either invisible or was noticed for the wrong reasons.
After Martin St. Louis tied the game early in the second, the Canes still had plenty of chances to pull ahead in the middle frame. Late in the period, when it looked like it would be a great game, the wheels fell off for Carolina.
The Hurricanes have announced the opening night roster for tomorrow’s home tilt against the Bolts. There’s a bit of intrigue to it. Ryan Murphy, the highly touted 2011 first round draft pick, survived the final round of cuts and was kept on the roster. Strangely, he’ll be a healthy scratch for opening night. The expectation was that he would play in the first nine games, then get sent back to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL as if nothing had happened. If he plays fewer than 10 games, his newly signed contract will roll over until next season.
My money was on forward Riley Nash to survive the final cut and make his NHL debut this week. That’s going to have to wait. Frankly, I’m at a loss as to why the Hurricanes would keep Murphy around just so they could scratch him.
On Thursday, the Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 24 by sending 12 players to Charlotte of the American League. The group of twelve includes Zach Boychuk, who was projected to make the final round of cuts. Instead it was former Oilers first round pick Riley Nash who has ended up as the thirteenth forward on the depth chart.
Although the league allows a roster of up to 23 players, Carolina will not carry more than 22. The final cuts will be from the blue line.
Boychuk played in 23 games for the big team last season and in 31 the season before that. He was expected to make the big team out of camp last fall, but Jeff Skinner exceeded everyone’s expectations and stole the roster spot from him. Boychuk would later say that he wasn’t as prepared as he should have been. He worked hard this summer and he arrived to training camp early, hoping to get up to speed and impress the coaches. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to impress the coaches. From what I’ve heard and read, he didn’t look good in any of the scrimmages or pre-season games.
On Tuesday night, the Hershey Bears defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2. On Wednesday night, the Checkers returned the favor, winning game four by the same score. The series is tied 2-2 with one more game to be played in Charlotte on Friday night. Games six and (if necessary) seven will be in Hershey.
Charlotte got goals from Nick Dodge and Zach Boychuk on Tuesday while Zac Dalpe was held off the scoresheet completely. On Wednesday, Charlotte got goals from Dodge, Nicolas Blanchard and Oskar Osala. Jon Matsumoto had two helpers while Boychuk, Dalpe, Jacob Micflikier and Drayson Bowman each had one assist. Mike Murphy made 35 saves to pick up the win, which was his first career Calder Cup playoff victory.
It’s now a best-of-three series and Hershey has a decided home ice advantage. Charlotte can make things hard for them with another win on Friday.
Defenseman Justin Faulk, who just helped UMD win the NCAA championship, was signed last week and immediately reported to Charlotte. He made his professional debut tonight with no points or penalties and a +/- of zero. The guys on the Checkers radio broadcast said that he looked “like he belonged”.