MONTREAL - 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.
I was asked about Elias Lindholm and his game very early on in the season, and I wrote then that what you were seeing was the maturation process of a still very young pro.
What you've seen from Lindholm lately is the realization of that process. The fourth year Swedish forward is riding a career long eight-game point streak (3g, 6a), and Lindholm has reached the 40-point mark (9g, 31a) for the first time in his career.
Video: CAR@FLA: Aho dekes to score a SHG five-hole
The highlight of Lindholm's offensive production this season has been his playmaking ability. His backhand dish to Sebastian Aho for a shorthanded goal in Florida on Tuesday night was a thing of beauty, and he's had a knack this season for doling out primary assists. In fact, 27 of his 31 helpers are of the primary variety.
While he's shown he can set up goals with tape-to-tape feeds, Lindholm can also finish. How about that shot from the slot on Sunday in Philadelphia? It was a screamer off his blade labeled for the top shelf. His goal production is the one category that has dipped this season, but he has developed a well-rounded offensive repertoire, and his playmaking ability has really been a treat to watch.
Video: CAR@PHI: Di Giuseppe feeds Lindholm for a pretty goal
And then there's the physicality. Lindholm is playing with an increased edge to his game, mixing it up in and around the crease at the whistle.
"I'm getting into my game more and more, and it's a fun part of the game. I enjoy it," Lindholm said. "It's fun to be in the heat down there."
The head coach has noticed this added element, too.
"He plays hard. Competitive people make it hard on you. A lot of people want to line up and have an easy night, you know what I mean?" Bill Peters said. "Lindy packs a load. He plays hard and competes. He's hacking and whacking. He's really coming, and I'm really happy with his game."
There's a lot to like about Lindholm's game right now, and both he and the Hurricanes are better for it.
Teuvo Teravainen, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a summer 2016 trade, will be a restricted free agent this summer, and I have no reason to believe the Hurricanes won't re-sign him.
When you discuss the Hurricanes' talented, young core, Teravainen undoubtedly is a part of that. He's added speed and skill to the Canes' lineup, and the team is not going to want to part with that. He's proven himself an asset on the power play, and his chemistry with fellow Finn Sebastian Aho is noted. Teravainen could stand to add a touch of physicality to his game, but all-in-all, he's been a welcome addition to the Hurricanes' forward corps this season. Expect to see more of that in the years to come.
Should the Charlotte Checkers qualify for the postseason (and the Hurricanes do not), Patrick Brown, Phil Di Giuseppe and Valentin Zykov could play for the organization's AHL squad in the playoffs. Di Giuseppe was assigned and recalled on paper on trade deadline day in order to be "on" the AHL roster in order to make him eligible to join the Checkers down the stretch and potentially in the postseason. Brown and Zykov were post-trade deadline recalls, so they were also already on the Checkers' roster.
The Checkers are making quite the push for the playoffs, and that continues tonight in their biggest game of the season. They're chasing the Iowa Wild in the standings and can jump them tonight with a head-to-head victory.
This is a good question but also a tough question because there are go-to spots in each city.
For example, in Vancouver there is Meat & Bread. In D.C., there's District Taco. Out West, there's In-N-Out.
We just landed in Montreal not too long ago, and there are a couple spots that are must-visits while we're here. Bar-B-Barn serves excellent barbeque ribs and chicken, which sounds perfect for dinner tonight. And for lunch on a gameday, you can't be Reuben's and their Original 76, a classic Montreal smoked meat sandwich.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
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