The remainder of the regualr season for the Canes.

Rose-Colored Glasses: Are The Canes Fooling Themselves?

Are the playoffs just a caniac pipe dream as fellow FanSided writer cited in a recent article? It’s difficult for any fan to remove their rose-colored glasses and see their team’s true potential.

Let’s remove any biased opinion and look at the hard facts.

Teams fighting for a playoff position.

Canes top five leader board.

Question:  Are caniacs blowing smoke up each other’s butts believing we can make it to the playoffs?

Answer: No, there is no upward blowing of smoke here.

Perhaps a little late, but Staal and company are operating at full throttle. Our big dogs have stepped up and they are gnawing their way through the competition. Ruutu is literally knocking skulls in order to get the puck to top converters like Jeff Skinner. I will refrain from spewing Skinner praise in this post.

The journey is not going to be an easy one, but if winning were easy everyone would be in the playoffs (cliche quota filled for the day).

Carolina is coming off two confidence changing games against the Capitals and Canadiens. Canes are absolutely a playoff contender should the momentum hold through Sunday’s game with the Buffalo Sabres.

Plus, I have to believe we are going to crush the Sabres as I accepted a friendly wager with fellow FanSided writer at Sabre Noise. If When the Hurricanes defeat Buffalo Sunday, Mr. Sabre Noise must dye his blonde hair red and post it on the website. However, in the slight chance Canes fall at home tomorrow, I must wear a “I HEART SABRES” shirt in downtown Raleigh following the game (where I will promptly be shot).

Before the gloating can commence, we must first gain a win over the New York Islanders tonight. Alike our two previous games, we are undefeated against the Islanders in the three previous games this season.

The Isles are out of playoff contention with 72 points. They are also ridden with injuries. Frans Nielsen gained three points in the three previous matches with the Canes, but he will not compete tonight as he suffers from a head injury.

Fellow Calder Trophy seeker, Michael Grabner, is expected to return to the ice tonight after celebrating the birth of his first child. Grabner has collected three goals and two assists playing the Canes this season.

Top produces for the Hurricanes are Staal, Skinner, and Cole when playing the Isles. They have a combined five goals and seven assists during the previous contests.

Carolina has won their last 5/6. There is no acceptable reason they don’t gain the W tonight against New York if the lines perform as they did earlier this week.


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Tags: Buffalo Sabres Carolina Hurricanes Eastern Conference Playoffs Eric Staal Erik Cole Frans Nielsen Jeff Skinner Michael Grabner New York Islanders NHL Tuomo Ruutu

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