Jan 13, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) makes 3rd period save against the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena. The Calgary Flames defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Friday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • Yesterday’s second update on the Hurricanes’ prospects in the OHL can be found here. An update on the NCAA prospects will be posted later today.
  • Matt Karash has a second part in his series of being Jim Rutherford (Hockey Buzz)
  • The Canes are reuniting the first line from last season (Hurricanes Website)
  • Mark Jones explains why the Hurricanes remaining schedule bodes well for a playoff push (Bleacher Report)

My Opinion: The Hurricanes had an extremely tough start to the season and while their second half looks more friendly, I’ve never been one to say a team will play well because of its schedule and opponents.

Going off that model, the Hurricanes should have won against the Flames and Oilers, but lost to the Kings and Blackhawks and those things didn’t happen.

The fact is how you play determines if you get in the playoffs or not. If the Hurricanes play like they did against the Flames in their last game, postseason won’t be an option, but if they play like they did during the five-win streak, it’s definitely a possibility.

Charlotte Checkers Preview

After two solid wins against the Oklahoma City Barons, the Checkers will begin a series against the Iowa Stars. The Stars and Checkers met two weeks ago with both teams coming away with a single win.

However, this time Charlotte is likely to be without Chris Terry, who was injured in practice. That means more of the scoring load will fall on Zach Boychuk and Aaron Palushaj, who are having strong seasons.

Both John Muse and Mike Murphy earned wins last weekend and both could suit up again this weekend.

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