The Carolina Hurricanes came out with a big 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. They were powered by incredible goaltending from Anton Khudobin and bottom-six scoring.
The Carolina Hurricanes have gotten a great deal of terrific goalie work from Anton Khudobin, but the bottom-six scoring has been absent for a vast majority of the past few years.
Nathan Gerbe, Andrei Loktionov, and Patrick Dwyer all put the puck past reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrozsky on Tuesday. All three of those players were in bottom-six roles. The Carolina Hurricanes need that kind of production to continue.
We’ve seen many times this year that the top-six is not going to go out and score consistently. While that is a big problem of it’s own, the bottom-six needs to be able to bail them out when they can’t seem to get anything going offensively.
Nathan Gerbe is a great example of a bottom-six forward who can be relied on to score a fair share of goals from the bottom of the lineup, but the Carolina Hurricanes don’t have much bottom-six scoring threats other than him. This is likely something that needs to be addressed during the offseason.
While the Carolina Hurricanes may not have the best bottom-six scoring options, the players in that role will have to figure something out from now until the end of the season.