March sees the most games in a month, 16 in total. March does however, start with a five day break. A five game road trip is then kicked off by a trip to Philadelphia on the 5th. From that point on the Carolina Hurricanes play every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the month.
Pick of the Month – Pittsburgh Penguins – 8th
This meeting on the 8th March will be the first time the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins do battle next season. All four of these head-to-head matchups are scheduled in for March 2020. A huge sequence of games that will have a massive impact at a crucial time of the season. An eight point swing is possible here against a sure fire playoff competitor.
This season’s games were split at two wins a piece. But the severity of the games next season will be determined by where each team sits in the standings come 8th March. If the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves outside of a playoff spot at this point, they have a real opportunity to catch one of the teams above them.
That is, only, if the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in a favourable position. There’s a very real chance that these roles could be reversed and it’s Pittsburgh playing catch-up. If that is the case, then the Carolina Hurricanes will be in for a rough ride over the course of these four fixtures. Let’s not forget, they’ve got Sidney Crosby on their roster. At his best, he’s unplayable.
The swing here could be huge and let’s not forget that the Carolina Hurricanes also face off against the New York Islanders twice in March. Another four point swing available here. March will certainly be the toughest month of the season. Lots on offer and some very tough games, including home games against the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs in the mix.
Just two games in April and no real break between the last game of March and the first in April. If the Carolina Hurricanes are bringing momentum into April, then no break is perfect. If by the time they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on 3rd April they need a rest, the next two games could prove very tough.
A home game against Columbus is followed by the final game of the season, a trip up to Massachusetts again to face the Boston Bruins. What a way to finish a season. A blockbuster game and I already can’t wait. I hope that by this point, this game isn’t a must win to clinch, but every game against Boston is a must win for pride.
Fingers crossed that the schedule isn’t over at the start of April. We look to be breaking down matchups well into May.
Canes fans! How excited are you for next season? Let us know your pick of the games. Which fixture are you most excited for?