Raleigh, NC The season is still young. The Canes have started in the correct fashion with two wins over teams, Phoenix and Nashville, that supposedly will not make the playoffs. This is a stark contrast to last season when Canes were dropping many points to lower rank teams. In the first game, the Coyotes outshot the Canes 2:1 but was shutout 3-0. Canes goaltender DiPietrio made the saves that he needed to. A lot of the credit goes to the players in front of him. For a team that was suppose to struggle defensely, they looked solid out there. The first goal was against the run of play. Andrei Zyuzin finished off a great counter-attacking move late in the 2nd period, in which the Canes could only muster 2 shots. In the third, goals by Ray Whitney and Craig Adams put the game away for the Canes mid way through the 3rd. In the second game, the Canes faced bogey team from last year in the Predators at home. It was another affair with little separating the two teams. Goals by Stempniak, Rucchin, Barnes and Lupul helped win the game. This game also saw Dale Purinton ejected for elbowing Sean Avery midway through the 2nd. On closer inspection, it seemed Sean Avery got extremely lucky to get away with a roughing call. Video evidence suggest man-handled would be more appropriate. With the Thrashers and Jackets up next, the Canes hope to continue their streak. It seems contract negotiations have not gone well with big name rookies, Alexander Ovechkin and Dion Phaneuf. Both has not been sighted yet on the ice.