GDB 4.0: FINDING HOME
In last years Christopher Nolan epic, Interstellar (filmed largely in Southern Alberta), Earth has become a desolate and hopeless planet. It’s a dreary dystopian future where humanity has pushed the planet past its breaking point, and a global drought sets in. The only hope left for humanity is to look to the stars, in hopes of finding a new, more fertile, home.
Much like the astronaut crew tasked with finding a home in Interstellar, the Hurricanes will need to establish themselves on home ice this season.
Will tonight’s game against the Rockets be a step in the right direction?
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Pointing out the failure of past Hurricanes teams is almost a complete exercise in futility when looking as this years team. There has been so much turnover, there is little with which to draw connections. The Hurricanes have lost many hockey games over the past five season, and a significant amount of them came at home.
While I won’t hold this team to the failures of the past, it doesn’t make the point any less true. The new look Canes cannot afford to allow the Enmax to be an easy place to play. Tonight is the first of a long stretch of home games and a great chance to get off to a solid homestand. The Canes already blew the roof off of the Enmax at the home opener with a big win over the Tigers. Tonight will be more difficult. Sunday evenings are always a tougher crowd, and the Rockets are an elite team.
Hopefully fans that were treated to a fantastic home opener will want to come back out tonight and watch the game. The home opener was a really fantastic atmosphere and athletes unanimously mention that atmosphere is a factor.
Tonight the Canes go up against the powerhouse Rockets. The Rockets have started the year 3-2-0-0, coming off a loss last night to Red Deer. Some names to look for include Tyson Ballie, Tomas Soustal, and Kole Lind. Those three players have combined for 21 points in the Rockets first five games of the year. The Canes will likely be up against Rocket netminder Jackson Whistle, who sports a perfect 2-0 record and a 0.918 save percentage.
The Hurricanes are in tough.
Projected Line Up:
Kisio mixed up the lines heading into last night’s matchup against the Ice, and continued to make adjustments throughout the game. These projected rosters for tonight’s game are from last night’s game. After a great game last night, will Kisio elect to make lineup changes? It didn’t work out against the Tigers, but at the same time, you have to be careful not to read too far into one game.
I thought Carter Folk made a strong return to the lineup last night in Cranbrook. He was engaged and effective. I don’t see why his line with Lindgren and White wouldn’t stay together. Kisio may see it differently.
Burke, Vandervlis, and Sheen also played well, giving me reason to question what moves they may make.
We will have to wait for tonight.
It’s hard to argue with the six defensemen they dressed last night when the team gave up relatively few shots. The Reagan Kennedy pairing continued to quietly do a solid job while Pankewicz and Atwal were doing a fantastic job of moving the puck up ice and providing mobility in the offensive zone.
Nielsen, to me, seems to still not be fully settled in his game. He shows flashes of brilliance, then makes a bad judgment call and takes a penalty or misses his man. I think he will figure it out, and he undoubtedly deserves to be playing every night, but I think Nielsen has more to give than we have seen in the first three games.
With Sittler having a very solid night last night, it will likely be up to young Stuart Skinner to hold the fort tonight against the Rockets. Skinner was excellent in the home opener against the Tigers but then got pulled after three early goals the next night in Medicine Hat. The pull was more indicative of the team in front of him than his personal level of play, but regardless, Skinner will be looking to bounce back tonight.
Game Day Prediction: The Hurricanes battle hard but lose a close game to the Rockets, 2-1.
Obvious Game Day Prediction: Arvin Atwal will take exception to something one of the Rocket forwards does early on and the two will jar all night. Atwal will be familiar with the Western conference Rockets…
Not So Obvious Game Day Prediction: Tonights game will have a smaller sized crowd, but those who are there, will be excited and ready to cheer on the team.
What do you think? Who are you excited to watch tonight and what will be the outcome. Comment below.
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