The Carolina Hurricanes ended the four game road trip at an even 2-2. The record isn’t awful for the Hurricanes, but considering all that happened on the trip, there may be cause for concern. Let’s go over a few key points to the four game road trip.
The Hurricanes need to play better in the first period. It is really as simple as that. The Hurricanes were losing after the first period in three of the four road games. The Canes can’t afford to put all their effort into just the third period and parts of the second.
If the Hurricanes can put up a third period effort in the first and second period as well, they probably would have won three game on the trip, maybe even all four.
Justin Peters was not the person to blame for the losses on Thursday and Friday night. That being said, the Hurricanes need Anton Khudobin back in the lineup very soon. The Hurricanes don’t play confidently in front of Peters, and that’s a big issue.
With Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin injured, the Hurricanes are at a big disadvantage.
The First Line
The line of Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alex Semin produced in New York on Saturday, but they really didn’t do too much other than that. Krik Muller shuffled the lines in Colorado, and they seem to have potential. Muller moved Jordan Staal up and Jiri Tlusty down. The line of Jordan Staal, Eric Staal and Alex Semin saw lots of time in the third period in Colorado.
The line was very good. They were finding each other often, and they really seemed to have chemistry. I would love to see that line get more looks by Kirk Muller going forward.
The Canes will go home and play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. It will be important to string some wins together on home ice.