Carolina Hurricanes: 3 Keys to Continuing Streak vs. CBJ

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 17: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Riley Nash #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle to control the puck during an NHL game on November 17, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 17: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Riley Nash #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle to control the puck during an NHL game on November 17, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 11: Dougie Hamilton #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes passes the puck through the crease to Teuvo Teravainen #86 who scores during an NHL game against the New York Islanders on October 11, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 11: Dougie Hamilton #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes passes the puck through the crease to Teuvo Teravainen #86 who scores during an NHL game against the New York Islanders on October 11, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /

2. Blue-Line Warriors Continue

Most teams do not know what to do when all of this offense is coming at them at once. When they cover the forwards, their team’s forwards are usually unreliable and defensively-inept, they can’t cover the defensemen.

This is the part where the Hurricanes defensemen come in to take all the glory. Joel Edmundson has been throwing his body and laying bodies out. Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce are being amazingly defensively-reliable again. Jake Gardiner is reliable and showing offensive talent. Gardiner, Slavin, and Pesce have goals already.

However, who is most commendable, is Dougie Hamilton. He is third on the Hurricanes in plus-minus at +5, the best for a defenseman on the team. He has the second most goals, assists, and points on the team, which is the most for a defenseman on the team.

Over the years, Hamilton is what people wanted in Justin Faulk. A reliable defenseman who can handle himself and not get carried away offensively and forget that they’re a defenseman. Hamilton is a power-play specialist and excellent offensive contributor, who has shown no bad sides yet, if ever. Hamilton also leads this team in average time on ice at 23:05, replacing Faulk’s heavy minutes.

When this blue-line contributes offensively and plays their best game, this team wins. Which, by the way… has been all five games out of five games, yeah.. remember? The Hurricanes are 5-0-0… which brings us to the next key.