Carolina Hurricanes return home from their west coast swing to take on the New York Rangers
It’s that time of year again. The weather starts to warm. Flowers start to bloom. The Carolina Hurricanes practically if not mathematically eliminated from the NHL playoffs. Yeah, that makes eight years in a row now. With what is almost a guaranteed playoff berth by the Edmonton Oilers, that leaves the Hurricanes as the holder of the longest streak without a playoff appearance.
Another streak that might be extended is the Hurricanes losing streak since the Rangers are visiting the PNC arena tonight. The Rangers boast a 43-22-2 good for fourth in the Metropolitan Division. They are currently on a two-game win streak and 6-3-1 in their last ten. For comparison, the Hurricanes are 2-5-3 with three losses to the two worst teams in the NHL.
Thoughts and Random Musings
Man goalie wins are stupid. Let’s give one guy credit for how the whole team actually performed. The only people who take them seriously are goalies who couldn’t post any other good stats *cough* Martin Brodeur *cough*.
Some people will
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look at last night’s performance and say Alain Vigneault made the right choice to bring Glass back from the minors. We have a word those people: idiots. Hopefully, the Rangers scratch him before the game tonight because the Canes need losses more than wins right now.
With a loss tonight the Carolina Hurricanes will drop to 26-28-10. Right now they sit fifth worst in the league but with a couple games in hand.
While the utter incompetence of Colorado may be a hard act to catch, moving into the “top 3” is definitely attainable. With the way, the NHL is set up these days if a team isn’t making the playoffs or they aren’t tanking they might as well be dead. Running Cam Ward out for the rest of the season should be all they have to do to achieve this goal.
Yeah, this game may be a rough one to watch. Still, it will be an excellent chance to hopefully get a full game scouting Valentin Zykov in the NHL. That’s the main thing I’ll be keeping an eye against the Rangers tonight. A good performance will be a good sign for other Hurricanes’ prospects in the system as Zykov is one of the lower ranked forwards.