April 2, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Washington Capitals defensemen Steve Oleksy (61) blocks a shot by the Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron (47) during the 3rd period at the PNC center. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes Take On Division Rival Capitals

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to get into the win column for the first time in April when they play their third game in four days today against the Washington Capitals.

The Hurricanes last played Tuesday, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3. Despite the loss, the game may have been one of the most complete for the Canes in recent history. Carolina received some scoring help from defenseman with goals from Joe Corvo and Bobby Sanguinetti and scored on the power-play.

However, if the Hurricanes want to beat the Capitals, they will need to work on correcting their defensive lapses. The Penguins were able to score goals off of odd-man rushes in Tuesday’s game.

The Capitals can be just as dangerous as the Penguins when it comes to creating chances on odd-man rushes with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom leading the offense.

Justin Peters played in net for the Canes because Dan Ellis was out with an injury. Coach Kirk Muller did not announce Ellis’ injury, so there is a chance Ellis could play against the Caps if he is healthy enough.

UPDATE: Peters will start in net according to Muller

Carolina needs a few forwards to pick up the scoring namely Jeff Skinner. Skinner has become invisible in the last ten games only scoring once.

The whole team has gotten chances in the past few games recording over 35 shots three times in the past four games.

While the Hurricanes have faltered in the last month, the Capitals have flourished. The team is currently on a five-game winning streak and has

Jeff Skinner needs to start scoring for the Hurricanes. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

taken control of the Southeast Division with 44 points.

If the Hurricanes lose to the Capitals and the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets, the two teams would be tied in points for 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

This comes after the Hurricanes held the Southeast Division for a period of time and looked like home-ice contenders rather than first-overall pick contenders.


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