Jan 25, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Manny Malhotra (22) is congratulated by teammates after his 3rd period goal against the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • The Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators yesterday, 6-3. Read the recap here.
  • Matt Karash gives his thoughts on the game (Hockey Buzz)
  • Andrew Luistro explains how the Canes are finding balance in new lines (Sunbelt Hockey Journal)

My Opinion: The new lines have certainly worked well together, especially yesterday. The only line not to score was the second line, but as Andrew pointed out, both Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner hit the post, beating Robin Lehner.

But the most important line that has started to produce is the first. The Canes desperately needed some chemistry on the top line to start taking care of most of the offense. Shuffling around players wasn’t working.

Now it’s only been five games since the trio of Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty were reunited, but they have certainly looked better during this stretch together than they ever have this season.

As important as a dominant first line is, so is depth and the Canes have gotten that over this recent stretch also. Nathan Gerbe and Manny Malhotra looked great together yesterday, while Riley Nash scored a goal.

The Hurricanes now need to continue that. As we all know, they’ve dealt with inconsistencies the whole season. Finding a lineup that works may help that.

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