Guy Behind the Guy: Home Ice Advantage
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After disappointing outcomes in three consecutive sold-out home games earlier this month, the Hurricanes are clearly starting to benefit from their support at home, winning three straight in Raleigh. And, let’s be honest, we have to. The fans have certainly done their part, as the RBC Center has drawn more than 110,000 fans, an average of 18,442 (98.7% of capacity), for the Hurricanes’ last six home games, including four sellouts.
A packed house is one thing. A raucous packed house is another. We go to plenty of buildings where the seats are full, but you can still hear the players’ on-ice chatter from the press box. When the Caniacs get going, the RBC Center is not one of those places. Needless to say, there were times when it was difficult to hear Paul Branecky talking next to me last night, let alone hear Anton Babchuk calling for a pass down on the ice.
With eight of our final 11 games in Raleigh, there is little doubt the Caniacs will have an opportunity to play a big role in the team’s success during the final playoff push.
Media Alerts: Sorry I haven’t been better about keeping up with these lately. The crowded schedule lately has limited my blogging time a bit.
- Paul Maurice will join David Glenn on 850 The Buzz today at 5:30 p.m.
- If you didn’t see this Ray Whitney feature, you probably should.
- WRALSportsFan.com has started its own Hurricanes blog, named “Canes Today.” On-air personality Mike Maniscalco is doing most of the writing for it, and it is worth adding to your bookmarks.
- The Hockey News did a fun Q&A-type feature with Joe Corvo.
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