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Canes’ Slippery Playoff Hopes

Red Wings 46-23-10 Hurricanes 38-30-11

Canes took a punch-to-the-gut Sunday after the 2-1 loss to Buffalo. Combine that blow with the Rangers come-from-behind win over the Bruins and the Hurricanes playoff hopes started to slip through their gloves like a buttery backhander.

Skinner needs to claim #30 tonight. (Rob Carr Getty Images via N&O)

Three games remain. Three glimmers of hope. Canes must win in each contest, or equal amount of points with an overtime victory, to have any playoff shot. The New York Rangers must also cooperate by earning two points or less in their remaining two games (Thrashers and Devils). The Canes are five points behind the obnoxious Buffalo Sabres.

Detroit Red Wingsare first to step up to the plate (start of MLB = blurring of terminology, my apologies). Yes, you heard me right. We start this last hoorah with eleven-time Stanley Cup champs, #1 in their division, and third seed in the Western Conference standings Detroit Red Wings.

Alright, you caught me. There is a bit of admiration in my voice. I spent a good amount of time in my childhood in Detroit, and really, how can you not respect that franchise’s history?

Have no fear; tonight I want the Hurricanes to brew a storm so fierce it’ll make Detroit’s lake effect snow squalls feel like a walk in a sunny park. Tonight marks the first and only meeting between the opposing conference teams.

J. Skinny will score his 30th goal tonight. Probably the only prediction I am 100% confident in stating.

Big Husky (Photo Credit Photo by Bruce Bennett Getty Images North America)

Alternate captain, Tim Gleason, also deserves some attention. His teammates voted and named him the 2010-11 Steve Chiasson Award for his model actions and attitude as a Carolina Hurricane player. A well deserved title for the defenseman.

Grab a cold one caniacs, here’s to another ulcer-inducing showdown. I could breakdown statistics for you and offer my insight on the various match-ups. However, my nerves are causing my palms to sweat excessively and typing is becoming difficult.  Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at the RBC Center.

LET’S GO CANES!

Topics: Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Skinner, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Tim Gleason

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