Carolina Hurricanes: 3 takeaways from loss to Blues

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 27: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes collects the puck as Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues falls to the ice during an NHL game on October 27, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 27: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes collects the puck as Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues falls to the ice during an NHL game on October 27, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 27: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes collects the puck as Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues falls to the ice during an NHL game on October 27, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 27: Brett Pesce #22 of the Carolina Hurricanes collects the puck as Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues falls to the ice during an NHL game on October 27, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

A 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues halted any shot that the Carolina Hurricanes had at starting a significant winning streak to enter November.

If the Carolina Hurricanes had defeated the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 27, it would have been a big momentum builder to finish off the opening month’s schedule. However the Blues got the best of the Canes to the tune of a 2-1 victory.

Carolina returned home after a matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs where they won 6-3. That momentum should have helped the Canes take care of business in the back end of back-to-back contests. Overall, the Canes will have played three games in four days by the end of the weekend.

Cam Ward got only his second start of the season in place for Scott Darling. He played well once again, much like he did in his first start against the Edmonton Oilers. Darling will return between the pipes in Carolina’s next game.

The win for St. Louis moved them to 8-2-1 on the season, tied for first place in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Canes move to 4-4-1 on the season. Seven of the opponents that the Canes have faced in October are from the West. Moreover, three consecutive opponents now for the Canes had at least seven victories entering the matchup.

Carter Hutton came up huge for the Blues in net. He stopped 26 of the Canes 27 shots and has not lost a start yet this season in three tries. This was only the second occasion that the Canes had been out shot by the other team. It was a very impressive road win for St. Louis.

Now, let’s take a look at 3 takeaways from the Carolina Hurricanes loss to the St. Louis Blues.