Tracking the Storm

Community: Let the Fun and Beards Begin

Wednesday, 04.15.2009 / 1:22 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Doug Warf
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Community: Let the Fun and Beards Begin
I had trouble going to sleep last night. I am not sure if it was thinking about the playoffs, or my stubble rubbing the pillow…but I woke up this morning excited about facing the Devils yet again.

Doug Warf
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Beard-a-thon Update
I got an update this morning and, as of yesterday, we have 201 people officially signed-up and over $4,000 already raised for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation (Thanks to Mark McClure for leading the way). It seems that total has grown this morning, and hopefully it continues to grow. 

I think we are off to a great start, but I know the Caniacs can do better than 200 people. Perhaps some Canes fans were waiting until the “official” start.

Shaving Update
Speaking of the “official start”, make sure this morning’s shave was your last. Today is the official date to stop shaving if you are a hockey purist. True purists will also want to get one last haircut before tonight’s game as well.

I stopped shaving after our last game (hard to promote a beard-a-thon with no beard), and I got the haircut yesterday. I have updated my page so hopefully I can make up the $50 I need to get back on the leader board. Paul Strand is starting to run away from me in the fundraising race. He must be offering free lessons for a donation. 

As mentioned in a previous blog, you can “touch up” after wins if needed.

Koozies are In
The can koozies that Kat mentioned in yesterday’s blog arrived this morning. They look great and are perfect for the start of the playoffs. If you are at the Cool Bar tonight, the Canes staff will have them…just ask.

Shameless Personal Aside
I began my tenure with the Hurricanes during the 2000-01 season as a sales intern. I had the unenviable task of working for free on very challenging tasks like filing, formatting excel spreadsheets and alphabetizing client lists.   When I started, I knew hockey, but I did not love it, or the Canes for that matter. 

That all changed with the playoffs of 2001 versus the Devils. I vividly remember sitting in the third level of the ESA for Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals. Though the Canes were losing, and about to lose the series, the fans saluted the team for a valiant comeback in a hard-fought series that saw the Canes quickly fall behind three games to none. 

I am sure the crowd only stood and cheered for about the final 2 minutes…but looking back now, it seemed like we stood the entire third period. I left that game loving the Canes and the game of hockey. Eight years later, that was the last game I tailgated for, and one of the last I truly got to sit and watch. Hockey is now my job and has become a major part of my life.   So, if you are a fence-sitting Canes fan tonight, be careful, your life could change forever in the next few weeks.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72