The 2019-2020 NHL season is finally underway. And with that, the Carolina Hurricanes are off to a historic start. For the first time since 1979, the Hurricanes are 4-0.
The time we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us folks. The 2019-2020 NHL season is in full swing. There are many story lines already taking form all around the world of the NHL. Ranging from San Jose being, well, not great to the “cult” of hockey fans on Twitter photo-shopping players faces onto seagulls. But that’s not why we’re here. For the second time since their debut in Hartford back in 1979, the Carolina Hurricanes franchise are 4-0.
You read that right. As of the writing of this article, the Carolina Hurricanes are 4-0 AND they are in first place overall in the league as well. With the first three of those wins coming in overtime and a sudden death shootout. Talk about leaving it all out on the ice. The only other time the Carolina Hurricanes franchise went undefeated for four games was back in 1995.
The Hurricanes are firing on all cylinders right now and show no signs of slowing down. Everyone is performing to the standards that were set by Rob Brind’Amour when he took over as head coach last season. And the results are pretty easy to see.
James Reimer and Petr Mrazek have been stellar. They’ve had some hiccups here and there, but those can be attributed to early season jitters. They are big reasons why the Hurricanes were able to hang in there during those first three overtime wins.
In the season opener against Montreal, Petr bounced back and was on fire during the third, overtime, and shootout periods. James “Optimus Reim” Reimer was on fire against Florida on Tuesday. These guys are showing that they can be one of the deadliest goaltending tandems in the NHL.
Along with Reimer, other new additions Jake Gardiner and Erik Haula have been huge factors in the Canes winning ways. Gardiner scored the winning goal against Washington and silenced the crowd in DC just like Brock McGinn did back in April during the playoffs.
Then we have Erik “Bo Time” Haula. Currently 5th on the scoring list for the Hurricanes, Haula is a huge reason why the Canes power-play is booming right now. He’s already scored two power-play goals, securing a free Bo Berry biscuit from good ole’ Bojangles for all of the hungry Canes fans. As well as scoring the tying goal against Montreal.
Oh, and Ryan Dzingel has been hot as well. In the last game against the Panthers, he was on the verge of a hat trick, scoring two goals. Chime the “Dzingel Bells”!
Dougie Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov have also been off to great starts as well. At the time of writing this, Svech is tied for first in the NHL in points with six assists. Dougie has arguably been the Canes best player so far too. He has two goals and three assists so far. With one of those goals being the game winner against Montreal.
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The Hurricanes are looking to extend their win streak in games against the Islanders and Blue Jackets on Friday and Saturday. That win streak could very well extend deep into November too. With no games up until the back to back games against Nashville and Tampa Bay really standing out as being a serious challenge.
Now of course anything can happen. The injury to Jordan Martinook is proof of that. So no game should be taken lightly. It’s not over until the final horn sounds after all. But the Canes have the potential to continue this win streak and maintain their hold on the top spot in the NHL for the weeks and months to come.
Question for CC readers: How long do you think the Hurricanes can continue their win streak?