Dec 12, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Reviewing Western Conference Road Trip

The Carolina Hurricanes finished their four-game Western Conference road trip last night, compiling a 1-1-2 record. It may not be a winning record, but the Canes were able to earn four points out of a possible eight.

So what were the main points of the four-game swing that the Hurricanes just finished?

Hot Goaltenders

First it was Eddie Lack of the Vancouver Canucks, then Karri Ramo of the Calgary Flames. The Canes ran into two goalies that were playing at the top of their games on the trip.

Lack first made 28 saves on 28 shots in the first game of the trip to shutout Carolina. Then Ramo made 24 saves on 25 shots three nights later to earn a win for the Flames.

But the opposing goalies weren’t the only ones that played at a high level – so did Justin Peters. The 25-year-old only let up five goals in three games and gave the team a chance to win every night he was in net.

It’s also saved his spot on the Hurricanes for the time being.


It may not have always ended the way the Canes would have liked, but the team fought back from three deficits on the trip to earn points.

In the second game of the swing, against the Edmonton Oilers, the Hurricanes came back from a 4-1 deficit to force overtime and earned a point. They got to overtime again against the Flames, erasing a 1-0 lead Calgary had, but also lost in overtime.

But it all came together against the Phoenix Coyotes as the team fell behind 1-0 six minutes into the game, but managed to score three times to earn the only win on the road trip.

Jeff Skinner

Four games, four points for the 21-year-old, who has become the Canes’ star this season. He recorded three goals and one assist over the road trip, including the eventual game-winner against the Coyotes.

He now comes home with 12 goals to his name and an even bigger lead on the Hurricanes’ top scorers this season.

Perhaps the best part about Skinner’s recent play is the improvement of Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu, who both struggled at different points of the season.

With Skinner, the two have elevated their games to heights never seen this season and has given the Hurricanes the first line danger they had last season.


The Carolina Hurricanes now have five days off before facing the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Although the team didn’t play that bad on the trip, it did only win once. Some things will need to improve, but the Hurricanes have time to rest and improve before the next game.

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