2. Don’t let the Rust Set In
The Carolina Hurricanes will have something going into this game they haven’t seen yet this season: TWO days of rest. While this is seemingly a good thing, it can also be a bad thing. The New York Islanders are coming off a loss just two nights ago and are eager to get back into the win column. The Hurricanes cannot allow their extra day of rest become an extra day of rust.
To avoid turning that “E” into a “U” (I’ll see myself out) the Carolina Hurricanes will have to approach this game as the important game that it is. While the season is still very early, this game may or may not be a factor in the playoffs come April. Every game against a division opponent is critical. After all there are only 28 of those games in the massive 82 game schedule.
That is even more important for Petr Mrazek who is most likely going to be the starter tonight for the Carolina Hurricanes. His last game against Tampa Bay which was back on Sunday was less than stellar considering he allowed three goals in the first period on 11 shots.
Now granted the defense bailed him out only allowing two more shots for the rest of the game and even scored the OT winner on a wonderful shot by Jaccob Slavin, but he still ended the night with an abysmal 0.769 vs%, which has to be one of the lowest save percentages a winning goalie can possibly get. Tonight he has to earn to fix his season stats and earn himself a third win.
For everyone else on the ice they should continue what they have done for the first four games of the season. They should also welcome Julien Gauthier into the lineup in Jordan Martinook’s place and hope he can deliver as well as he did in the preseason. They should hunger to continue the trend they set and finish this game in regulation.