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Canes Put On A Clinic

12/14/2022 at 4:46am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings (13-9-6) saw their winless streak extend to three games, with a game Wednesday arriving in quick fashion in Minnesota.

"When they (the Hurricanes) start training camp, that's the film they will show," said Andrew Copp, noting Carolina's defensive execution and game plan. "Being on top of guys, they come down the walls hard and pinch, man on top of man, that's what they've done for the last five years. We didn't play bad, but it's a frustrating game to play when you kind of let them play it."...

Coach Derek Lalonde said Larkin will not be available to play in Minnesota, but he wasn't sure what the prognosis was after that.

"Unavailable for tomorrow, that's all I know," Lalonde said. "Doc came in and said he's not playing (Wednesday) and we'll go from there."

Larkin leads the Wings with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists), so an offensively-challenged roster losing its main offensive threat isn't ideal.

"He's a driver, a transporter of the puck," Lalonde said. "Obviously with some of the offense we already have out, he's still pushed us, pushes linemates, whoever he's with, and produces analytically. He's a big piece, with a team that hasn't produced a ton of five-on-five offense."...

Kochetkov raised his record to 7-1-4, as the Hurricanes (16-6-6) continue sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference.

"He's good, talented, but we didn't stress him out a whole lot," Copp said. "But it was both ways. There weren't a lot of Grade A chances either way."



from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Six of Detroit’s last eight games saw the club facing a team that was part of last season’s postseason.

In those games, Detroit is a disappointing 1-4-1.

“We gotta figure out a way to get points in these games,” Detroit forward Andrew Copp said after Tuesday’s 1-0 home-ice loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. “We can’t just say we played these really good teams really close. Just a bounce here, a bounce there.

“If we’re gonna take the next step, we gotta get two points and be confident walking out of here saying we were the better team.”



Rod Brind'amour is absolutely the best coach in the NHL, and it is not even close IMO. That was refined and flawless schematic defensive perfection.  I would have to imagine all other coaches feel small compared to him. 


They were freaking suffocating to watch. 

Why are they not in 1st place?


They did a great job shutting the Red Wings down. Would love to see them continue being successful.

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