Carolina Hurricanes: Three Takeaways From The Buffalo Sabres Game

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 16: Curtis McElhinney #35 of the Carolina Hurricanes crouches in the crease to protect the net during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on March 16, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 16: Curtis McElhinney #35 of the Carolina Hurricanes crouches in the crease to protect the net during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on March 16, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 16: Brock McGinn #23 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck through the defense of Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel #9 during an NHL game on March 16, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – MARCH 16: Brock McGinn #23 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck through the defense of Rasmus Ristolainen #55 of the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Eichel #9 during an NHL game on March 16, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

3. This team is better with less shots fired

Last night the team scored 4 goals on 29 shots, the previous night they were shutout while sending 46 shots into Sergei Bobrovsky‘s chest. This signals to me that with Carolina’s less shots mean better shot selection, and they are forcing the goalie to move in the crease due to crisp passing and better puck movement. The Andrei Svechnikov goal and Justin Williams goals were prime examples of how more puck movement and less shooting forces a goalie to move leaving a seemingly open net with a shooter standing right in front of it.

I am not overlooking the skill difference of Bobrovsky and Ullmark, I am however considering the amount of movement each goalie was forced to do between the two games, and it seemed by firing so many shots at Bobrovsky allowed him to get settled and comfortable as opposed to being kept off balance by sharp puck movement forcing him to move from post to post.

Final Score:

109. 2. 12. Final. 4

The team we saw last night was the team we need to continue to see throughout the season if there are any hopes for a deep run into the playoffs. This is a crisp passing aggressive Hurricanes team will be a tough out for any Eastern Conference opponent.

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Question for CC Readers: How many points do we get over the next four games of this homestand?