Jan 25, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) carries the puck against the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Monday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • Yesterday’s blog on Nathan Gerbe and secondary production can be found here.
  • The Hurricanes play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 7. A preview will be posted later this morning.
  • Mark Jones looks at how the Hurricanes are learning to overcome adversity (Bleacher Report)
  • Corey Sznajder looks at the game against the Philadelphia Flyers by the numbers (Shutdown Line)

Charlotte Checkers Update

The Checkers have now played 41 games in their 80-game regular season schedule, putting them just over the halfway point. Charlotte sits in 11th place in the Western Conference and a single point out of the last playoff spot.

However, there are five teams within three points of each other, so battling through the mess to the postseason will not be an easy thing for the Checkers.

What has really doomed the Checkers this season is an awful November, which resulted in a 2-9 record. Since then the Checkers have played better, but pulling out of the hole they dug themselves in has not been simple.

The Checkers will need a better second half than first half to make playoffs, but luckily for the team that seems reasonable.

For one, scoring has really come around in the form of Aaron Palushaj, who has 39 points in 41 games to lead the team. Zach Boychuk and Chris Terry are also helping with 33 points each.

John Muse has also been a reliable option in net lately, which needs to continue.

Making the playoffs won’t be easy, but if the Checkers continue playing like they did at the end of the first half, they’ll stand a chance.

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