The Carolina Hurricanes had a different practice yesterday. Coach Kirk Muller expressed his distaste with the team’s effort of the past few weeks, and he demands a change out of his team.
After back-to-back losses to the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, the Carolina Hurricanes are nine points out of a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division and the Wild Card in the Eastern Conference.
After Monday’s practice at RCI (Raleigh Center Ice), Kirk Muller had a long, loud talk with his team. He said that he is sick of losing, and a change in culture is needed.
“You’re a good group of guys but the culture is going to change. It takes work, it takes togetherness. We have a lot of fans who support you guys and care about you and we’re not quitting. We’re staying together. You better stay together.”
- Kirk Muller
He also said that “losing is for losers” and he is sick of players not playing to the system and “playing their own way”. He challenged his players. He asked them if they were upset with the season. He made it very obvious that he was.
While I love the enthusiasm and anger from Kirk Muller, it is just too late. The Carolina Hurricanes are nine points out of the playoffs with 14 games remaining in their season. According to sportsclubstats.com, the Canes have a .8 percent chance of making the postseason.
At this point in the season, Kirk Muller just needs to salvage the season in some way, even if it means not winning. He needs to find some sort of chemistry with his forwards that will work.
The bottom six can’t be a huge pile of garbage anymore. They have been useless for much of the season. Last year, the Canes first line scored once or twice a game, so it wasn’t as obvious. Jim Rutherford needs to blow up the bottom six and find players that will contribute this offseason.
The Carolina Hurricanes made big changes to their struggling forward unit. Here are the forward lines for Tuesday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 7 p.m. in Ohio. Check out our twitter @CardiacCane for in-game updates and plenty of discussion.