Jan 28, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) gets away from the check of Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller (81) during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • Yesterday’s blog on Jim Rutherford’s excellent 2013-14 season can be found here.
  • The Hurricanes sent Aaron Palushaj back to the Charlotte Checkers yesterday (Checkers Website)
  • Canes’ goalie prospect Daniel Altshuller is preparing himself for the pro game (Hurricanes Website)
  • Corey Sznajder looks at the game against the Montreal Canadiens by the numbers (Shutdown Line)
  • Mark Jones explains why the Hurricanes must fix their first-period problems (Bleacher Report)

My Opinion: The first period has easily been the Hurricanes’ worst period this season. The team has a way of digging themselves in holes to start the game and it goes along with Andrew Luistro’s article earlier this week at Sunbelthockey.com. The Canes need to have better starts to the game so comebacks aren’t always necessary.

Now the Hurricanes’ second period has traditionally been a good period this season. Perhaps it’s a little bit of getting used to the game, figuring out the opposing goalie or just pure luck, but the team does seem to play better as the game moves along.

I wouldn’t say that the Hurricanes usually come out of the gates slow, bad periods just seem to follow the team. Because of that, it’s hard to point out a particular way to fix that problem, but it is something that needs to be improved.


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