RALEIGH, NC — Along the same lines that we’re doomed to repeat the same stupid timeline over and over again off the ice — a New York broadcaster using the word “hillbilly” to describe the Carolina Hurricanes, and even before the series begins – chances are the second round will look a lot like the first for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Opponent loaded with elite talent on his first two lines? To verify.
A dangerous power play that will stress Hurricanes discipline? To verify.
Trophy-caliber defender Norris runs the show? To verify.
Best goaltender in the NHL? Well, it sure is different.
Besides the presence of Igor Shesterkin in net, the biggest difference between the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers might be that the Bruins were a little heavier and the Rangers are a little more balanced between their top six forwards. , but the Hurricanes’ recipe for success hasn’t really changed: Jordan Staal’s line will likely take on the challenge of Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, the Hurricanes will have to watch their temper and stick and stay out of the box repair, and the advantage of the Hurricanes is their depth on the four lines.
Shesterkin is a massive upgrade over Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman, and it will be another test for the Hurricanes, but there is plenty of room for improvement in all areas of their game from the first round. Their powerplay needs to be better, their powerplay needs to be better (and less often invoked) and there needs to be more of an offensive threat from all four lines, especially on the road where the Hurricanes can’t control the matchups.
“The goalie is huge,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “He’s big for them and allows them to play that aggressive, attacking style that they have. They are dangerous all the time. The special teams, the power play, they have an elite group. There is cause for concern. »
Max Domi’s performance in Game 7 is a good example of how the Hurricanes win at their best, but the Canes still need more of the Sebatian Aho-Andrei Svechnikov-Seth Jarvis line, and everyone needs to do a better job of converting to five -five dominance not only on scoring chances, but also on goals.
That hasn’t changed since the first round. The opposing jerseys are different. The goalkeeper will probably be better. There are more familiar faces on either side. But the global mission has not changed. The Hurricanes will have to beat the Rangers the same way they eventually beat the Bruins, absorbing their offense and wearing them down at even strength. And if they want to win in less than seven games this time around, they will also have to convert on the power play at critical moments.
“A big thing for this series is going to be staying out of the box, just like Boston,” Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei said. “They had a great power play and so did the Rangers. This is something that we absolutely need to focus on.
If this all sounds a little too familiar…it is.
This is not the only story that repeats itself. Howie Rose, the former New York Islanders broadcaster who should know more, tweeted on Tuesday that the Hurricanes’ policy of restricting ticket sales to local zip codes was “Barney Fife hillbilly baloney,” not to mention that many teams, including the New York Yankees, do as well.
The story he referred to involved the Hurricanes struggling to sell tickets, just days after the team set a PNC Arena record for hockey in a Game 7 win over the Bruins, nearly 1000 more than the stated capacity.
The good folks at the Triangle have at least made it through the Boston Series without being called “goobers” or “hicks” by the Boston Globe, and it only took four playoffs over 13 years. And it’s been 20 years since Mitch Albom made a fool of himself with his despicable “Moonshine and me” column that played on all the cheap, lazy stereotypes he could borrow from anyone else.
This stuff is as dumb as it is boring, all covered in the same kind of ignorant elitism that sometimes comes from fringe elements of the Canadian media. You never hear that kind of talk during, say, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, for whatever reason.
And those who are so quick to disparage should remember that references to Mayberry can go both ways. N&O headline after Hurricanes win in Detroit opener: ‘Shazam!’
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