Oct 19, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jiri Tlusty (19) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with Carolina Hurricanes left wing Alexander Semin (28) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: November Preview

Yesterday, we reviewed the month of October, with the next Carolina Hurricanes game on Nov. 1, it’s time to look forward into the second month of the season.

Hurricanes November Schedule
11-01 vs. Lightning, 7 p.m.
11-02 at Rangers, 7 p.m.
11-05 vs Flyers, 7:30 p.m.
11-07 vs Islanders, 7 p.m.
11-09 vs Wild, 7 p.m.
11-12 vs Avalanche, 7 p.m.
11-15 vs Ducks, 7 p.m.
11-16 at Blues, 8 p.m.
11-18 vs Bruins, 7 p.m.
11-21 at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
11-23 at Bruins, 1 p.m.
11-24 vs Senators, 5 p.m.
11-27 at Devils, 7 p.m.
11-29 vs Devils, 7 p.m.

Total games: 14

17 percent of the Hurricanes games will come in November.

Number of games against Eastern Conference Teams: 10

Number of games against Western Conference Teams: 4

Number of games against Metropolitan Division opponents: 4

Analysis: It will be a busy month again for the Hurricanes as they play 14 games in a total of 29 days. Luckily for the team, they’ll play five games in a row at home and cut travel time and effort, which will help save energy.

The most important games will be against the Flyers, Islanders and the two to end the month against the Devils. Since they’re all in the same division, the points will matter much more.

From Nov. 9 to 16, the Canes will play a four-game Western Conference series. These games won’t be as important as the Metropolitan Division games, but the team has struggled against teams from the West, so earning a few points would be big.

With so many games at the beginning of the month, it likely means that the Hurricanes will have to roll with Justin Peters in net for a little bit, until Anton Khudobin comes back. The Canes players will have to find the net more often to win games.

Staying healthy will also be important. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet this season, but the team will have even less rest in November.

Despite playing more games, this may be an easier schedule than October’s. The Hurricanes won’t have to face the Penguins at all and will be home for most of the month.

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