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November 1, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) carries the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Center.The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Time For The Carolina Hurricanes To Mix Things Up?

The Carolina Hurricanes have lost 5 consecutive games. They have scored 1 goal or fewer in 4 of the 5 games. Is it time for the Carolina Hurricanes to mix it up?

The state of the Canes is obviously not good, and it is not time to go into full panic mode. The Hurricanes start a 5 game home stand starting on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Hurricanes need to turn the season around in this time.

If the Hurricanes can not do it, it may be time to switch things up. So what could they do to potentially bring life to the team and turn things around?

 

A Trade

A trade is one of the most obvious options. A significant trade could put some fire into the Hurricanes and maybe turn things around.

I think the thing the Canes would have to get in a trade would be offense. See a recent article on potential trade options here. A trade for a forward who could provide offense could be a big deal for the Hurricanes moving forward.

At this point, the defense is not something that the Carolina Hurricanes should stress out about. I feel like the same goes for the goaltending.

Justin Peters hasn’t been the obsticle for the Hurricanes. The team has not played well at all in front of Peters during his time as starting goalie. With Anton Khudobin 10-14 days away, I think Peters can continue giving the Hurricanes a chance to win on most nights until then.

 

A Call To The Charlotte Checkers

Players like Chris Terry, Zach Boychuk, Mark Flood, Victor Rask and Aaron Palushaj have all put up great numbers through 10 games in Charlotte this season.

All of these players were in the hunt for final roster spots in training camp, so it should be no surprise they are doing well in Charlotte thus far.

A player that pops out at me instantly is Zach Boychuk. He came into this year’s training camp in the best shape of his life according to people around the Hurricanes.

I’d love to see the Carolina Hurricanes give Zach Boychuk one more chance to stick with the NHL team. I’ve never been a Zach Boychuk lover, but I think he has earned one more chance based on the work he has put in.

Victor Rask has 10 points in 10 games in Charlotte. The 20 year old Swedish forward was a second round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, and it may be a good idea to give him a shot with the big boys. He has played very well in Charlotte.

And I’ll just throw this out there. John Muse has 2 shutouts in 3 starts for the Checkers, and Rick DiPietro is down there too.

 

The Carolina Hurricanes need to turn the ship around soon, if they aren’t able to, shaking up the roster may be something the Canes need to consider.

 

 

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