For the first time in almost a month, the Carolina Hurricanes have a break longer than three days; and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Kirk Muller and the team need to find a way to improve, especially in the offensive end over this four-day break and the way to find improvement can be from multiple possibilities.
There’s of course the trade option. As has been reported for some time, GM Jim Rutherford is reportedly trying to move Tuomo Ruutu for a top-six forward, but there are other, less difficult ways to answer the problem.
For one, changing up the lines and keeping them consistent could work. With injuries, Muller hasn’t been able to keep certain lines together, but with three players returning yesterday, lines can finally stay together.
Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty looked strong together again. Muller could try putting the first line back together and moving Jeff Skinner with Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe to try and create a more lethal top six.
Another area of concern that could be worked on is the power-play. For the most part, Carolina’s extra-man advantage has looked awful all season. Improving on the special teams should also help create goals.
When the Hurricanes have looked good on the power-play is when they move the puck around and create space in the offensive zone. Working on that over this week should help the team create more scoring.
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