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Category 4 Hurricanes Written by Carl O'Linacanes - November 19th, 2008
Throughout the season, Carolina Hurricanes have known that they are better than their results indicated, and yet everything kept going wrong. With one win in their seven first games, there were fans talking about throwing in the towel and going for the #1 overall pick in the draft.

The team wanted nothing to do with it, though, and while GM AsmodeanReborn shopped around to acquire key elements to the team, players like Derek Roy stayed long hours at the rink to get extra practice in. "Things just didn't clicking when we needed them to. Our timing was off, passes went astray, and we kept turning the puck over at inopportune moments."

Derek's work ethic is starting to seriously pay off. Hurricanes are currently enjoying a 4-game win streak, and have gone from dead last in the Southeast Division and are now tied for first. Roy has 7 points during the streak, and linemates Jagr and Sullivan have 8 and 7 respectively.

"While our offense has improved a lot, the big difference lately has been goaltending. 'Miller-Time' and 'Conkblocker' have really stepped up and made an impact. This in turn has helped us play a bit more relaxed, and trusting our back end has made our offense more efficient," Roy says.

It's not only on the ice that Canes have been successful. The franchise's marketing department has also made big improvements with promotions and fan events, drawing people back into the arena. "Early in the season half the seats would be empty, and there was somewhat of an echo in the building. That's never good for the confidence of the team. Now there's a lot of noise, and the team is delivering a product that fans want to see. They're winning, and they're doing it while playing exciting hockey," GM AsmodeanReborn states.

Is this just a streak the team is going through, or is this the real Hurricanes that we now see? This beat writer is more than hopeful that the winning ways of the team will continue throughout this season.
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Nice read... I like how you even threw in the marketing aspect based on attendance. Written By: Matsson (2008-11-19 18:28:38) Nice article Asmo, I thought the Canes would turn it around, and its good to see they have. Just don't take the Leafs out of the playoffs! Written By: Aaron (2008-11-20 09:22:49)

Carl O'Linacane?  That is bloody hilarious.

Written By: Laci Bloomers (2008-11-21 21:37:44)

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