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The Carolina Hurricanes opened their season this week, with two games against the Detroit Red Wings. Here’s the weekly recap.
HURRICANES SPLIT TWO-GAME SERIES WITH RED WINGS
The Carolina Hurricanes opened the season with two games against the Detroit Red Wings, going 1-1 to start the year. The Hurricanes took the first game by a score of 3-0, before dropping the second game 4-2.
FORSBERG CLAIMED BY HURRICANES, THEN WAIVED AND CLAIMED BY JETS
It was a busy week for goaltender Anton Forsberg. He was poised to start the season with the Edmonton Oilers but was then claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. However, the Hurricanes waived Forsberg two days later and this time, the Jets claimed him.
HURRICANES ACQUIRE MAX LAJOIE FROM SENATORS
Carolina acquired defenseman Max Lajoie from the Ottawa Senators this week, in exchange for forward Clark Bishop. Lajoie is 23 years old and has played a total of 62 career NHL games across two seasons.
JORDAN STAAL ADDED TO COVID PROTOCOL LIST
Captain Jordan Staal was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol list this week and did not dress for Carolina’s second game against Detroit. As a result, Morgan Geekie slotted into the lineup.
As for our poll questions this week, here are some of the results, along with my thoughts on how they turned out:
QUESTION: Do you think the Hurricanes will finish ahead of the Red Wings in the standings this season?
This vote was closer than expected but the Hurricanes are certainly favoured to be more competitive than the Red Wings. That said, the teams did split the first two games of the season.
QUESTION: Do you think the Hurricanes made the right decision by waiving Alex Nedeljkovic and claiming Anton Forsberg?
It was certainly an odd move, though it’s likely the Hurricanes simply claimed Forsberg as a precaution, in case Nedeljkovic was claimed. Regardless, the Hurricanes are in the same spot they started, goaltending-wise.
QUESTION: Are you surprised Morgan Geekie didn’t make the main roster?
Based on Geekie’s performance last season, he looked to be likely to win a spot this season. That said, he’s still exempt from waivers so he can be easily called up from the taxi squad.
QUESTION: Where do you think the Hurricanes will finish within the Central Division?
1st or 2nd: 58%
3rd or 4th: 38%
7th or 8th: 4%
5th or 6th: 0%
The Hurricanes will almost certainly be a top-four team and are a good bet to finish second, likely behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. That said, don’t count out Dallas or Nashville from making a strong push for the top of the division.
QUESTION: Should Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen play together or remain split up?
Split up: 55%
Play together: 45%
This is a tough one. The trio can dominate when together, however, the team has a lack of secondary scoring. We’ll have to see whether spreading out the scoring with them apart will help the Hurricanes.
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OTHER HURRICANES ARTICLES FROM JANUARY:
Breaking down Carolina’s training camp roster
Central Division Comparison: Hurricanes/Blackhawks
Weekly Recap: Hurricanes Edition (January 3)
Central Division Comparison: Hurricanes/Blue Jackets
Central Division Comparison: Hurricanes/Stars
Ryan Suzuki earns Silver Medal with Canada at World Juniors
Hurricanes are reportedly interested in Patrik Laine
Hurricanes place seven players on waivers
Gustav Forsling claimed by Panthers
Weekly Recap: Hurricanes Edition (January 10)
Central Division Comparison: Hurricanes/Red Wings
Hurricanes claim Forsberg, waive Nedeljkovic and Ryan, trade for Max Lajoie
Hurricanes announce taxi squad, assign players to AHL
Carolina Hurricanes 2020-21 Season Preview
Hurricanes shutout Red Wings in first game of season
Anton Forsberg claimed by Jets, Jordan Staal added to COVID Protocol list