The Carolina Hurricanes have played well so far on their 3 game roadie. On their first two games against Anaheim and Colorado, they have been able to depart with at least 1 point in each. If there is any hope of the Canes making a push, they have to start finishing. In their last 10 games the Canes are 4-2-4. They currently sit in the basement of the East with 51 points. If they were able to get those extra 4 points they would be sitting in a tie with Montreal in 11th place with 55 points. Trailing the final playoff spot by only 7 points. I know what you are thinking. It could be worse.
Tomorrow night will be an emotional game against the Montreal Canadiens. Kirk Muller and Jaroslav Spacek will be returning to Montreal to face a media frenzy. This game is very big one. If the Canes can get out of Montreal with a win, it will set the stage for some very important home games the following week. See, I am being optimistic. After the Canes leave Montreal they will have 3 days off before facing the San Jose Sharks at the RBC Center. The Canes will then travel to New York to play the Islanders on Saturday.
The home stand starts on February 20 against the Washington Capitals. The Canes will play 6 home games in a row before returning to the road. While at home the Canes will face Washington, Anaheim, Florida, Nashville, New York Rangers, and Tampa Bay. Yup, that is when we will make our push. Carolina has shown that they can play with anybody. Just ask the Bruins.
Tomorrow sets the stage for the Canes on their push to the playoffs. We just have to play a full 60 minutes with no major mental breakdowns. Make sure you tune in and cheer on your Canes. The puck drops at 7:30.
- Today the Canes recalled Jerome Samson from the Checkers, and reassigned Drayson Bowman back to Charlotte.