Dec 12, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Drayson Bowman (21) passes the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes' Fourth Line Providing Depth

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In the last two games before the Olympic break, the fourth line provided skill, grit and most importantly depth for the Carolina Hurricanes and it’s something that’s been missing for the Hurricanes this season.

For the most part the top six has been relied on for scoring, which has caused the need for a third-line center, despite GM Jim Rutherford saying the position is all Manny Malhotra‘s.

The fourth line has featured a number of different players including Brett Sutter, Radek Dvorak, Kevin Westgarth, Zach Boychuk and Malhotra, but the current trio of Riley Nash, Drayson Bowman and Tuomo Ruutu seem to be the answer for the Canes.

On Saturday, against the Montreal Canadiens, Bowman had one of the best games of the season, even if he didn’t bury the puck as much as he could have. Nash has two goals in the past three games and Ruutu is finally starting to earn some of the money he is making.

While the three players have shown to be inconsistent this season, if they can be effective as they have been in the 10 minutes they’ll see in most games, it can do a lot to help the Hurricanes.

The play of Bowman, Ruutu and Nash has also erased the need for depth help through a trade or otherwise that was plaueging the Canes as the trade deadline comes closer and closer.

Depth will become even more important with the stretch drive and possibly playoffs coming up. With how Drayson Bowman, Rileu Nash and Tuomo Ruutu have been playing, the team should have a great fourth line to depend on.

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