Dec 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) celebrates his 2nd period goal with teammates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes Are On Their Most Important Stretch Of The Season

The next six games for the Carolina Hurricanes will have a big impact on the playoff hopes of the team. The Carolina Hurricanes have six games from Monday, January 27th to Saturday, February 8th.

The Carolina Hurricanes play the Columbus Blue Jackets, the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, and they battle the Montreal Canadiens twice in the upcoming thirteen days. Five of the six games are at the PNC Arena.

The Carolina Hurricanes are currently on a three game win streak, and if they can continue their consistent play, they can put themselves into a playoff spot going into the Olympic break. The Carolina Hurricanes have also won nine of their last twelve games dating back to New Year’s Eve.

The Carolina Hurricanes are one point behind tonight’s opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus has been on an absolute tear lately, and they are in third place in the division. If the Carolina Hurricanes can pick up a win against the Blue Jackets, they would get to 57 points in the standings, which would put them two points behind the New York Rangers who are in second place in the division.

In order to keep the hot stretch going, the Carolina Hurricanes need strong play from all lines. The first line needs to continue to lead the charge, and they need solid support from the secondary line and players like Nathan Gerbe.

The play of Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera also has to be good. They are the top two d-men on the Carolina Hurricanes, and they have played extremely well lately. The Carolina Hurricanes need the two Olympians to continue to play well over the next two weeks.

The upcoming two weeks is going to be very important for the Carolina Hurricanes, and they need to continue winning games to put themselves in a good situation in the standings going into the Olympic break.

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