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Tweetmail No. 179: Nordstrom, Scouts & Numbers

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

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Tweetmail is 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.

Tweet from @yourroyalhynus: How is Joakim Nordstrom doing? I know he���s listed as day to day and has no sight issues but is there a chance of seeing him back this season? #Redvolution #RedvolutionRampage

He's doing really well, which is a relief to see. In fact, Joakim Nordstrom skated with the Hurricanes during their morning skate on Tuesday and again at practice in Chicago on Wednesday. And, according to head coach Bill Peters after the team's practice on Thursday, Nordstrom has been cleared and is "good to go."

Here's more from Peters following Tuesday's skate in Minnesota: "It's scary. Every time you get hit like that you think how bad is it? The vision is obviously important. For him, he had the pressure build-up and also some blurriness. It was very close to being a much more dangerous situation. He dodged a bullet there."

Nordstrom was caught up high by the errant stick of David Pastrnak in the first period of the game in Boston on Feb. 27. Nordstrom, like every player on the Hurricanes' roster, wears a visor, but the stick rode up and clipped Nordstrom right near his left eye. A few more inches, and he could be dealing with a serious injury. Luckily for him, it left him with some pressure build-up and blurriness in his eye, but nothing more. Once that cleared up, Nordstrom was able to get back on the ice in a full-face shield to protect his eye from further damage.

It certainly could have been a far graver situation, and it's good to see that Nordstrom is already healthy enough to return to the lineup.

Tweet from @cbabcock8: How do scouts attend games? Do they buy tickets or is it just an agreement between teams?

At NHL games, teams' scouts are typically seated in the press box. If you follow any number of NHL beat writers from around the league, you've probably seen one of them tweet at some point about which team has scouts in the press box, a favorite piece of #content around the trade deadline.

Scouts are fixtures at each and every game around the league. Even if the trade deadline is months away or in the rear-view mirror, teams are building up their database of information about NHL players. This information could be useful come free agency in the summer or in a trade a team has been weighing.

Scouts are always on the move, too, but most have a region in which they specialize. For instance, Hurricanes pro scout Mark Craig is stationed in the Detroit area and typically visits cities in and around that market. Others, like Hurricanes Assistant General Manager Ricky Olczyk, cover broader ground.

Hopefully that answers your question and provides some additional insight into how scouting works around the league.

Tweet from @Josh_Bartosik: What do you think are the canes playoff odds at this point

Thanks to mathematic probabilities and the handy website Sports Club Stats, we know exactly what the Hurricanes' odds are for making the playoffs. As I'm typing this on Wednesday, the Canes have a 6.9 percent (nice, but not) chance of securing a postseason berth. Those odds peaked recently around 50 percent after the Hurricanes beat the Los Angeles Kings, 7-3, on Feb. 13. Since then the Canes are 2-6-2 and their playoff odds, while fluctuating a bit, have been on a downward trend since the end of that winning streak.

Whether this team ends up playing past April 7 or not, there will be something to be said about how the Canes finish out the remaining 15 games of this season. There's still plenty to play for, even in the face of dwindling playoff odds.

Tweet from @NonProfitCaniac: Is the earth flat?

No, but time is a flat circle.


Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you'd like answered or you're Kyrie Irving and disagree with my opinions about the shape of the Earth, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.

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