The greatest worst team in hockey history comes to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes
Tonight will be another great game between rebuilding franchises taking different paths back to the playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs with the picks of Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner focused on the offensive side of things. While the Carolina Hurricanes took a defense first approach with players like Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, and Noah Hanifin.
Right now the Maple Leafs are winning the race as they sit one point out of a wild-card spot and two points behind third in the Atlantic division. Toronto’s recent play shows a team that isn’t playing great hockey at the moment. This could work well for the Hurricanes, as Carolina has nothing left to lose and the Leafs are carrying the burden of Toronto playoff expectations.
So far down the stretch, the pressure is getting to the young Leaf’s team. But as Carolina has shown against other struggling teams [link to COL and Arizona box scores], perhaps it only takes a game against the Hurricanes to get things going.
Game Day Thoughts
Imagine a Carolina Hurricanes with Mitch Marner on it. The goal scorers touch would address a huge hole for the hurricanes without harming the back line all that much. A line of
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Skinner, Rask, Marner is just too much. I have to stop thinking about it before my liver gives out.
The Anderson story is a lesson that goalies are voodoo and what looks to be a sure thing can often not be. Still, .916 save percentage is much better than .905. Is it $5 million for five years better, though? Right now most Hurricanes’ fans would say yes.
- Peters has already moved Valentin Zykov off the Jordan Staal line and down with Derek Ryan and Lee Stempniak. Most likely this is a chance for the coaching staff to see what they have with the Russian winger away from Jordan Staal. Staal is one of the best centers in the game at making fourth line talent look good see McGinn, Brock and Di Giuseppe, Phil.