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Tweetmail No. 93: Cup Celebration, Points & #KeepPounding

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com 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.

The short answer: all of it.

The long(er) answer: The 10th Anniversary Stanley Cup Celebration will take place Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14, a weekend that includes back-to-back home games against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and the New York Islanders on Saturday and the fifth annual Alumni Fantasy Game on Sunday afternoon.

And it’s shaping up to be a fantastic weekend from start to finish. Friday kicks off with red carpet arrivals for the members of the 2005-06 championship team that will be in attendance – that includes Rod Brind’Amour, Glen Wesley, Ray Whitney, Erik Cole, Niclas Wallin and more. The team is then hosting a Champions Tailgate with the Cup, a ticketed event benefiting the Kids ‘N Community Foundation that will allow fans the opportunity to mingle with members of that Cup-winning team and take their pictures with the Stanley Cup. Oh, and there’s plenty of food and drink there, as well. Both Friday and Saturday will feature autograph sessions with 2005-06 players, and there will be an on-ice pregame ceremony celebrating the championship team on Saturday. Both nights will also feature giveaway items in the form of commemorative posters.

Sunday’s Alumni Fantasy Game will be the fifth annual event, and it will feature members of the 2005-06 team skating with paying participants in as close to a true-to-life gameday experience as there is. The event is free for the public with an optional donation to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation and is always a good time.

More information on the weekend plus a link to buy tickets and more is here.

Hope to see you there!

The fine folks over at @Section_328 posted a points prediction question back in July, featured in Tweetmail No. 73. At that point, I set the over/under for points at 85 and took the over – and I’m sticking with that prediction.

The Hurricanes currently have 48 points in 47 games, a skosh over a point-per-game clip which puts them on pace for a total of 84 points by April 10. That’s a shade under my summer prediction, but here’s why I think they’ll end up overshooting that mark …

Since Dec. 5, the Hurricanes have posted a 12-6-4 record, earning 28 points in 22 games. If we use that as a more accurate barometer of how the team is playing – which I think is agreeable – that translates to 45 points over the team’s remaining 35 games and a total of 93 points. That’s the over on my summer prediction but perhaps just shy of the playoff cut line. We’ll see. If the Canes can compete at that same clip over the course of 82 games, they’d find themselves with 105 points come season’s end, a mark certainly worthy of a spot in the postseason.

Unfortunately, the Flames-Canes match-up on Sunday cannot be moved and will remain at 6 p.m. due to TV obligations on either side of the equation. FOX Sports Carolinas has commitments in the afternoon and Sportsnet is carrying the match nationally in Canada.

With that said, those attending Sunday’s game are welcome to remain at PNC Arena following the conclusion of the third period to catch the remainder of the Cardinals-Panthers NFC Championship (at that time, I’d guess the game is in the third quarter, and hopefully the Panthers are winning). Patrons will have access to the Arena Club Restaurant and Club Ledge bar where the game will be shown on televisions and drop-down screens and beverages will be available for purchase.

#KeepPounding

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Join me next week for pre-All Star break questions and answers!

If you have a question you’d like answered or you want to talk Panthers football, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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