Improving the second line

Jordan Staal came to Raleigh with enormous expectations and in his first 105 games, he has lived up to half of his reputation. When it comes to playing well away from the puck, the Hurricanes don't have many better forwards on their roster, as Jordan is one of the team's best players at driving possession […]

Justin Faulk vs. Team USA’s Other Defensemen

Those eager to see Justin Faulk play in this year's Olympics are pretty disappointed right now, as the Hurricanes young defenseman has yet to see the ice. He was scratched in all three games in the preliminary round and is currently listed as the team's 8th defenseman, which means he probably won't get into the […]

Lost Identity

It would take a few pages to explain all of the problems with the Carolina Hurricanes this year. Their payroll suggests that they should be a playoff team, but the reality is they have a lot of money tied up in players who are either overvalued and/or injured. It's been this way for a couple […]

Sheltering Jeff Skinner

Goals have been very hard to come by for the Hurricanes this year, which is why Jeff Skinner is considered one of the team's most valuable players. His 23 goals ranks him 20th in the NHL and he is currently on-pace to finish the season with 35-36 goals. Even after a recent cold spell where […]

Ever Heard of World Poker Tour “Ice Hockey”?

Who says poker players can’t play hockey? Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are poker players who have been friends for a long time. Prior to participating in a game at the WPT Montreal, the two card sharks made a prop bet to find out who would be a better at being an ice hockey goalie. […]

Muller’s Matchups: Jordan Staal’s line

One of the Hurricanes main motives for making the big trade for Jordan Staal was to make the team deeper down the middle and give them a scoring center who they can trust against other team's top lines. So far, most would consider Jordan's performance underwhelming for what the Hurricanes gave up for him. At […]

Manny Malhotra & the “third line”

Right now, one of the rumors circulating around the Carolina Hurricanes is their desire to add a third line center before the trade deadline. This figured not to be an issue coming into the year because the Hurricanes had a lot of natural centers on their roster and could have filled the hole from within. […]

Eastern Conference Point Pace Update

Following the playoff race is always exciting if you're a fan of the team in the hunt but at the same time, it can also make you want to pull your hair out. This is especially true if your team is clinging to life for it's playoff spot like the Carolina Hurricanes currently are. They […]

Game 56 By the Numbers: Panthers at Hurricanes

The Hurricanes haven't won many games this year when they've had an "off-night" or didn't play their best hockey, but this was pretty much the case on Friday night against Florida. Despite the 5-1 score, the Hurricanes played a sloppy game and bailed themselves out with a few timely goals and had Anton Khudobin cover […]

Game 57 By the Numbers: Canadiens at Hurricanes

If you were to only look at the numbers for this game, you might get the idea that the Hurricanes "outplayed" the Canadiens but lost 4-1 because they either didn't the bounces, were let down by their goaltender or ran into a brick wall at the other end in the form of Carey Price. Part […]

Game 55 By the Numbers: Jets at Hurricanes

The Hurricanes are coming off a good month of January, winning 10 out of 14 games and playing some of their best hockey of the season. There's been a lot of good vibes to go around, but the four losses they took were all pretty brutal to watch. They were shutout three times and fell […]

Hurricanes Trade Deadline Outlook

With only five games remaining before the trade deadline, the Hurricanes find themselves in an interesting but uncommon position. They are only one point out of a playoff spot with games in hand against some of the teams they are competing with, but most would argue that this isn't a playoff team. The Canes have […]


On New Year's Eve, the Hurricanes were sitting with a record of 15-16-9 and were on the brink of falling out of the playoffs race early. To make matters worse, they were also in the midst of a five-game losing streak and many of us were wondering "what is wrong with this team." Where were […]

Game 54 By the Numbers: Blues at Hurricanes

When you're a team on the cusp of the playoff race, a game against a vastly superior opponent is usually considered a "measuring stick" to see how far away said team is from being a contender. This is somewhat flawed logic because hockey is a wild game where results can be variance on any given […]

Andrej Sekera’s surprising season

When the Hurricanes acquired Andrej Sekera from the Buffalo Sabres, it was met with mixed to negative reactions. Sekera wasn't considered a "top four defenseman" by many and most thought that he wasn't worth a roster player and a second round pick. It's been almost seven months since that trade happened and Sekera actually looks […]