Carolina Hurricanes: 3 Keys to Start a Season Opening Winning Streak

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn (23) celebrates his game winning goal during the Carolina Hurricanes defeat of the the Washington Capitals 4-3 in the 2nd overtime of game 7 of the the Stanley Cup eastern division quarter finals at 3 games each in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn (23) celebrates his game winning goal during the Carolina Hurricanes defeat of the the Washington Capitals 4-3 in the 2nd overtime of game 7 of the the Stanley Cup eastern division quarter finals at 3 games each in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) toe drags the puck around Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) causing him to fall to the ice during an NHL Preseason game between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes on September 29, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) toe drags the puck around Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) causing him to fall to the ice during an NHL Preseason game between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes on September 29, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Shut Down the Caps’ Offensive Powerhouses

It is no secret that the Washington Capitals have a number of offensive juggernauts. Capitals’ mainstay and captain Alex Ovechkin, TJ Oshie, and Jakub Vrana (among others) are sure to be looking to light the lamp early on, and with great determination.

Newcomer Joel Edmundson, acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Justin Faulk trade, has been such a welcome presence on the blueline from a defensive perspective. His defensive prowess and size will be even more welcome tonight as a counter to the Capitals’ fast and effective offensive lineup.

The preseason saw the Carolina Hurricanes attempt to mount a comeback in both games they played against Washington; both attempts fell just short, but if the Canes can find a way to keep tabs on the Caps’ offensive threats and shut them down, the ball (or puck, rather) will be in their court (ahem, zone) all night.

Regardless of hurt feelings, past discretions, and mean words, tonight’s matchup will be another game that carries ‘big playoff energy’ with it, just like Thursday’s matchup against the Canadiens.

The Carolina Hurricanes have an opportunity to start the first half of the season with a winning streak for the first time in a very, very long time. If they can pull off a win tonight, they can get momentum early on in the season, and ride it to (hopefully) another playoff appearance.

2. 19. Prediction. 4. 109

Also, if Kevin Malone – I mean, Todd Reirden – has any additional words for Rod Brind’amour tonight, I’m sure he knows where the visitor’s locker room is.

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Question for CC Readers: Who scores the first Carolina Hurricanes’ goal tonight?