Mar 22, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward (30) stops a shot by Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the third period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Shawn Coates-USA TODAY Sports

Friday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Jan 23, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (4) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with right wing Radek Dvorak (18) during the third period at First Niagara Center. Hurricanes beat the Sabres 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • The Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers last night, 3-0. Read the recap here.
  • What to expect from Ron Francis as general manager (Cardiac Cane)
  • Andrew Luistro looks at how the Canes’ slow start has held them back to this point (Sunbelt Hockey Journal)

My Opinion

The Hurricanes were plagued by a slow start at the beginning of the season, but so was most of the Metropolitan Division. The difference is that the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers have rebounded greatly, while the Canes haven’t.

And that’s the difference between playoff teams. When the going gets tough, they come out on top. The Canes struggled after the Olympic break and the Flyers and Ranges, especially Philly, solidified their playoff spot.

Every game is important, but in some stretches, others become more important.

So while that start wasn’t desirable, I’ll blame the play after the Olympic break, when the playoffs were actually a possibility, as the reason why the Hurricanes will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

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