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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60