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Tweetmail No. 28: Semin, Promotions & Enhancements

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 10:00 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Tweetmail No. 28: Semin, Promotions & Enhancements
Answering your Twitter questions about Alex Semin\'s wrist, promotions for the upcoming season and more!
Michael Smith
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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.

After reading about Semin’s hand, I want an injury update. – Ann S. (@AnnSolberg87)

You got it. Spoiler: no reason to panic.

A week-and-a-half ago, Dmitry Chesnokov tweeted this tidbit of news on Alexander Semin’s wrist:

That might have stirred up some cause for concern, but Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that the situation is a bit different.

“My understanding was that he was coming back to train,” he said. “He’s training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told.”

Earlier this offseason, Semin underwent surgery to repair a wrist issue that had nagged him since training camp last season. The injury was a contributing factor in the now-30-year-old winger netting just three goals in his first 24 games. Semin had a much-improved second-half, scoring 16 goals in a 25-game stretch from January to March.

When asked if Semin would be 100 percent by the start of training camp in mid-September, Francis answered confidently.

“Based on the information I have, absolutely yes,” he said.

What’s up on the promotions front this season? – Kate E. (@katecaniac)

Ready for another #Tweetmail exclusive?

Here it is!

That image linked above is a Hurricanes scarf, your Opening Night giveaway item courtesy of PNC. It’s soft, warm and lightweight, the perfect accessory for being in a building that houses a large sheet of ice.

A full promotions schedule, including a calendar giveaway, South Plaza Party dates and more, will be released closer to the start of the season.

Speaking of things being released, it was announced last week that individual game tickets will go on sale on Friday, Sept. 12 to the general public for all home games. So, if you want one of those snazzy scarfs, mark off your calendar for 10/10/14 as the Canes host the New York Islanders.

Any changes or upgrades to the arena this year? – Joe Z. (@Josephzoller)

There are, the biggest of which is the lighting system upgrade. This fall, PNC Arena will become the first United States’ NHL venue to feature Musco’s innovative Show-Light Green™ LED system.

The new LED system is currently being installed, and fans will get their first experience under the lights when the Hurricanes host the Blue Jackets in their preseason opener on Sept. 21.

So what sort of differences can you expect to see with the new, state-of-the-art LED lighting technology? Reduced glare and a noticeably enhanced and brighter light, both in-arena and on television. Additionally, Musco’s lighting system will improve playability for the athletes and reduce energy consumption and operating costs for the arena by as much as 70 percent.

The new LED lighting will also provide an enhanced in-game atmosphere. Efficient lighting controls and instant on/off and dimming capabilities will allow for enhanced special effects, whether it’s during player introductions, during play or after goals.

Additionally, a group of very talented and creative folks inside our marketing department brainstormed a number of concourse enhancements you could see as early as this season.

Last three movies seen in theatres? – Nick H. (@GorgonReviews)

Working my way back from most recent: CHEF, GODZILLA and NEIGHBORS. A bonus one-word review for each in the same order: delicious, roar and fratastic.

On the must-see-soon list: BOYHOOD.

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I’ll be taking one last summer vacation next week, so join me in two weeks for more questions and more answers!

Speaking of questions and answers, Mike Maniscalco will host a roundtable with head coach Bill Peters, General Manager Ron Francis and President of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment Don Waddell on Wednesday, Sept. 3 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The 90-minute #FanTownHall discussion will be driven by your questions. You’ll be able to listen to the question-and-answer session on 99.9 FM The Fan or watch live on WRAL SportsFan or WRAL2. More information can be found here.

As always, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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