We’re officially into the new year. This year, January proved to be the pivotal month that took the Carolina Hurricanes from one of the worst teams in the league, to one of the best. Come 1st January, Carolina were sat on 37 points. Their record from January onwards? 31-11-2.
If they find themselves in a similar position in 2020, their schedule could help. Starting at the end of December and rolling into January is the longest home stand of the season. Seven straight games in Raleigh and an opportunity to build up significant points. Nine out the the eleven games in January are home games.
There are some tough games during this period. The Carolina Hurricanes will face the Washington Capitals twice and Tampa Bay Lightning once, but the other games are very winnable if we’re considering form from this season.
Pick of the Month – Winnipeg Jets – 21st
The Winnipeg Jets’ last trip to Raleigh was one to forget for the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina shipped eight goals in an 8-1 loss. They finished the season with a poor record against Winnipeg, allowing 11 goals over the two games while only scoring twice.
With the road game having already been played, by now we’ll see whether the Carolina Hurricanes have put an end to their Winnipeg losing streak. 11th November 2016 was the last time the Carolina Hurricanes tasted any success.
The Winnipeg Jets will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s scoreline, whoever is in net will need to be on top form. When the Winnipeg Jets get going, they can score for fun. On nine occasions this season, the Winnipeg Jets scored six or more goals. Compared to the Carolina Hurricanes’ five.
The start of another long home stand begins on the 17th, starting with the Anaheim Ducks. It’s the last true home stand of the season. From here on in, home games are split up with the occasional road game.