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Tweetmail No. 44: Turning it Around, Mumps & Tweetmail

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let’s get to it.

How can the Canes turn their weaknesses into strengths and string a few wins together? – Chris J. (@Jelleyman94)

Wins will come eventually, right?

At this point, the sooner, the better.

“We stay with it,” head coach Bill Peters said after a limited team skate on Wednesday. “We live in the moment and go day-to-day.”

As it stands now, the team’s chief weakness is goal scoring. The Canes have mustered just a goal in each of their last six games, all losses, three of which were by just a goal’s difference. The last time the team scored more than one goal was on Dec. 2, when the Hurricanes topped the Nashville Predators 2-1.

“You obviously have winning streaks and losing streaks,” Peter said. “But [I’ve not had a situation] when it’s been this dry offensively. This is a first for me.

“Offensively we have to continue to stay with it. We’ve got to break through in that regard, and once we do it will take pressure off our team defensively.”

Turning their goal-scoring weakness into a strength should certainly lead to some better results. Once the team surpasses the one-goal hump, the hope is that three, four and beyond wouldn’t be far off.

“[We have] guys who have been proven to be offensive players and have scored in the past,” Peters said. “Eventually, it’s going to turn.”

The question then becomes what can be done to help the situation turn. It’s the million-dollar question, and if I had the answer, I probably wouldn’t be typing this right now.

As spelled out by Peters earlier in the week, the overarching message to break the slump is simple: “You have to keep your mind right, choose your attitude and work hard. You have to work.”

With recent news of the mumps scare, are the Canes doing or planning on doing anything to avoid a potential outbreak? – Aesbi (@peilicanhelican)

The Hurricanes have been rather proactive in attempting to avoid being swept up into this unprecedented outbreak of mumps in the NHL.

In fact, as stated in a news release on Tuesday night, “most of the team’s players and staff received measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations in the last month.” As a precautionary measure, the team postponed its annual hospital visits, but it’s important to note that no one on the team has been diagnosed or shown symptoms of mumps.

Before the team departed for Montreal earlier in the week, head coach Bill Peters was asked if he had seen anything like this recent league outbreak.

“No. This is a new one, for sure. It’s unique,” he said. “It is a little scary. It’s the gift that keeps giving right now. It is a serious situation, and you have to do all you can to avoid it.”


Oh, look – a bonus question!

Is there a reason this segment is called #Tweetmail? – Michael S. (@MSmithCanes)

What a great and timely question, self.

The nexus for this web segment was the question-and-answer session I conducted on Twitter every Friday afternoon a few years back. When it moved to the web, we needed something to call it.

Tweetmail seemed perfect for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s pretty self-explanatory: it’s a few tweets answered in mailbag form. Tweetmail.

The second reason is that it’s a subtle homage to "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Every night, Ferguson, with the help of his pals Geoff Peterson and Secretariat, answers a handful of tweets and emails, and occasionally it’s referred to as “Tweetmail.”

On Friday, Ferguson will bow off the air as host of "The Late Late Show," and this is my stupid, little way of showing gratitude for all the laughs he’s brought me and millions of others in the 2,000-plus episodes of his inane, late-night comedy hour.


Next Wednesday is Christmas Eve, and with the league taking a three-day rest period, we’ll do the same. Join me again on New Year’s Eve – also a gameday in Pittsburgh – for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you have a solution for the team’s recent offensive woes, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.

Merry Christmas!

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