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Who will fill out Canes forward lines?

Over the summer, the Carolina Hurricanes added a lot of pieces.  By now, they’ve definitely shored up the blue line, and they even have a log jam.  Barring a trade, no matter how well a certain 2011 first round draftee plays in camp, there just isn’t any space for defensemen.  On the other side, there’s going to be plenty of competition for forward spots. 

The way I see it, there are two forward positions up for grabs and the leading contenders are Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk, Chris Terry, Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman.  In that order.  I’ve been asked whether I think Dalpe will make the Canes and how big of an impact he’s going to have.  The first part of that question has a simple answer: without a doubt.  The second part is anybody’s guess.  My guess is that he’ll put up Chad LaRose-type numbers.  Somewhere in the vicinity of 13 goals and 15 assists.  If he plays on the right wing.  As third line center, he won’t get those kinds of numbers, but I think he will if he’s allowed (asked?) to play right wing. 

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Checkers win series in dramatic fashion

The East Division final between Charlotte and WBS was a goaltenders duel for the first five games and the first period of game six.  The Penguins scored two midway through the second, then they added a shorthanded goal early in the third.  It looked like it was done, and there was already talk of practice tomorrow and game seven on Monday. 

Fortunately, the Checkers found life in the third and exploded for four straight goals in a span of 9:18.  Brad Thiessen, who had only given up one goal in the last three games, showed that there were chinks in his armour. 

Here’s how it all went down.  And it went down quickly:

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Charlotte wins game one vs Baby Pens

On Thursday night, the Charlotte Checkers won the first game of the East Division final 3-2 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins.  Jon Matsumoto scored two power play goals and Zac Dalpe netted his fourth of the playoffs.  Zach Boychuk assisted on Dalpe’s goal to extend his points streak to seven games.  He has at least one point in every game of the postseason.  Brett Sutter, who has also had a hot hand, got the second assist on Dalpe’s goal. 

Mike Murphy made his fifth straight start and got his fourth straight win, making 28 saves in the process.

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Amazing comeback puts Checkers up 3-2 in series with Bears

On Friday night, the Charlotte Checkers overcame a 3-0 lead late in the second period to score five straight goals in a 5-3 win over the visiting Hershey Bears.  Charlotte now has a 3-2 lead in the series as it shifts back to Hershey for games six Sunday and (if necessary) seven on Monday. 

Drayson Bowman had an empty net goal and two assists.  Oskar Osala had a goal and two assists.  Nick Dodge had the game winner for the second game in a row.  Brett Sutter had a goal and an assist.  Zach Boychuk also had a goal and one assist.

It would have been easy for the team to give up.  Down 3-0 late in the second, they could have folded up the tents and mailed it in for the rest of the game.  But they didn’t.  They stayed hungry, got a good break on a late goal in the second.  Then they got a power play goal in the first minute of the third, and it was a new game.  Instead of being down and out, they responded with a flurry of goals and put themselves into a good position.  Two chances to finish off this series on the road.

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Checkers steal home ice.  Dalpe on fire

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here, and you probably can’t blame me for failing to find anything to post about.  I lost my job.  The Hurricanes missed the playoffs on the final day of their season.  Things haven’t exactly been sunshine and light over at RBH headquarters.  While the Hurricanes are looking at their free agent contracts, the Charlotte Checkers are busy in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs. 

On Thursday, the series between the Checkers and the defending champion Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) got underway in Hershey.  Charlotte took that first game 5-4 on goals by Zac Dalpe, Chris Terry, defenseman Brett Bellemore, Zach Boychuk and Drayson Bowman.  Dalpe also added two assists. 

On Sunday, the Bears turned the tables on the Checkers.  They evened the series at on apiece with a 4-2 win.  Dalpe had both goals for the Checkers and now shares the league lead with three goals. 

This particular series uses the 2-3-2 format, so Charlotte will get three straight home games:  this Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  It will be the first ever Calder Cup playoff game in Charlotte.  By splitting the games in Hershey, Charlotte now has home-ice advantage in the five remaining games.

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Canes recall Dalpe, Samson

On Sunday morning, the Hurricanes announced the recall of Jerome Samson and Zac Dalpe from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.  Zach Boychuk, who has been up and down all season will be reassigned along with Brett Sutter, who was mysteriously recalled to the big team on Saturday.

Samson (Sam-SOH) is leading the Checkers in every offensive statistical category with 54 (26/28) points through 53 games.  He was one of two Checkers to appear in the AHL All-Star game, where he notched a goal and two assists.  This will be his first recall of the season.  He played in seven games last season, earning two assists.  He wore the number 67 last season, and it looks like he’ll wear number 71 today. 

Dalpe has 36 (16/20) points in 35 games with the Checkers this season.  He began the season on the big team, but has been up and down.  This will be his third recall.  He has appeared in 14 Hurricanes games, notching three goals and an assist.  On New Year’s Day, he had the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils. 

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Checkers bash Bears, climb standings

On Sunday night, the Charlotte Checkers completed a two game home set with the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.  After a frustrating 2-1 shootout loss on Friday, Charlotte came out with guns blazing, scored goals in bursts, and even got their hands dirty a few times.  The end result was a convincing 5-3 win, which allowed the Checkers to leapfrog the Bears in the standings. 

Charlotte got a lot of production from the heavy lifters, as the top line of Zach Boychuk / Zac Dalpe / Jacob Micflikier accounted for three goals and seven assists.  Micflikier had two goals and an assist; Dalpe had a goal and two assists; Boychuk had four assists.  They swept the three stars of the game.  The Checkers also got goals from Matt Pistilli and defenseman Bryan Rodney. 

The Bears got one goal from Sheldon Souray, who is getting paid $5.5 million after the Edmonton Oilers kicked him out of training camp and then loaned him to the Capitals organization.  For the record, it was a five-on-three goal.  They also got a shorthanded goal by Jay Beagle and a four-on-four goal from Lawrence Nycholat. 

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On the farm: Checkers heating up

The Charlotte Checkers have just completed a grueling stretch of eight games in eleven days.  Included was a stretch of five games in six days.  They will now have four days off before playing two in a row against the AHL worst Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers).  The Checkers got off to a bit of a slow start, but in that eleven day stretch, they earned 12 of 16 points, going 5-1-0-2 along the way.  They are now in second place in the East Division, third overall in the Eastern Conference. 

They showed a few signs of fatigue last week, but they looked sharp towards the end of that stretch, scoring goals in big bunches.  The goaltending has been pretty good, but in the two games that I attended during that stretch, the defense was a little suspect.  In last night’s 6-5 win over the hapless Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders), Bobby Sanguenetti had a particularly bad time, leaving goaltender Mike Murphy in a helpless situation. 

Rookie Zac Dalpe has been very good in the last two weeks.  Chris Terry, Jerome Samson and Jacob Micflikier have been consistently good all season.

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Canes place third at Traverse City

On Wednesday night, Jeff Skinner was again the star for the Hurricanes prospects as they defeated the Tampa prospects 4-3 in overtime in the third place game of the Traverse City prospects tournament.  Young #53 potted the game-winning goal and added an assist, which gives him seven (2/5) points in the four game tournament.  Derek Stepan of the Rangers had the same seven point showing, which was tops in the whole tournament. 

Matt Kennedy, Justin Shugg and Jared Staal scored one goal each to round out the scoresheet for the Canes. 

Surprisingly, Troy Passingham was the netminder for the “Baby Hurricanes”.  He doesn’t have a chance of making the roster, even in Charlotte, and after Mike Murphy had an outstanding performance in all three round robin games, it was surprising to see Passingham see any action.  Then again, it was only the third place game, so it didn’t really matter much.

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Skinner has huge night in Canes romp

In the final game of round robin play in the Traverse City prospects tournament on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes hopefuls soundly thrashed those of the Columbus Blue Jackets 8-1.  Up until now, the Canes had been having a hard time finding the net, but they found it in a big way.  After the first game in which the Hurricanes were beaten by Minnesota 2-1, all of the talk was Jeff Skinner.  Everyone said that he would be a big factor, and he lived up to that talk tonight, contributing one goal and four assists to help the Canes win and take second place in the “Gretzky division”.  Tomorrow, they’ll play the third place game against Tampa, who was the second place team from the “Howe division”.

Mike Murphy went the distance in nets, allowing just the one goal.  This helped him maintain a GAA of 1.0 and he finished the round robin portion with a save percentage of .963.

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Carolina tops Rangers in game two

On Sunday afternoon, the Hurricanes prospects barely squeaked out a 1-0 win over the Rangers prospects in Traverse City at the Prospects tournament.  Zac Dalpe scored the game’s only goal at 19:05 of the third period, assisted by defensemen Michal Jordan and Kyle Lawson. 

Goaltender Mike Murphy made 33 saves, earning the shutout win.  He’s leading all goalies in the tournament with a GAA of 1 and a save percentage of .964.  Murphy is the only goalie to have played two games so far.  It’s a foregone conclusion that he’s got the starting job in Charlotte, and I have to think that we’ll see Troy Passingham in nets on Tuesday against the Columbus prospects. 

The Canes took eight minor penalties and one fighting major in the game, and this is something they’ll have to work on before Tuesday. 

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Dalpe making big impression

Zac Dalpe, who was Carolina’s second round selection in the 2008 entry draft has made an immediate and big impact with the Albany River Rats.

He left Ohio State, signed an entry-level contract which kicks in next season, and is playing the remainder of the season with the Rats on an amateur tryout.  Through five games, he’s tallied six (5/1) points including a hat trick on Saturday.  Not bad for a 20-year old kid.

The Rats are one win away from clinching a Calder Cup playoff berth, and will most likely end up with home-ice advantage in the first round.

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2008 draftee Dalpe signs ATC

On Thursday afternoon, the Hurricanes signed their 2008 second round draft pick Zac Dalpe to a three-year entry-level contract.  The 20-year old forward has decided to forgo his final two years at THE Ohio State University after the Buckeyes were eliminated from the CCHA playoffs.  Dalpe led the team in goals (21) and points (45) this season and was a first team all-conference selection.
The Paris, Ontario native has been assigned to the Albany River Rats of the American League, where he will play the balance of the season and Calder Cup playoffs on an Amateur Tryout Contract.  He will join the Rats on the road at Binghamton on Sunday night and will presumably be added to the team’s final roster.

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Dalpe turning heads in Columbus

Zac Dalpe, the Hurricanes second round selection from the 2008 draft, is making things happen.  At least at the collegiate level.  The Ohio State freshman was just named CCHA rookie of the week for the second time this season.

Dalpe leads all Buckeyes with nine (6/3) points through ten games and is among the scoring leaders of all Central Collegiate Hockey Association players.

He’ll probably play at least one more season in Columbus before making the jump, but the Hurricanes aren’t at all worried that he’ll pull a Jack Johnson on them.

There’s no YouTubeage of Dalpe with the Buckeyes, but here’s some of Dalpe doing something….  else.  Warning: you might become a little dumber if you watch the clip.

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