3. Keep the Passing Lanes open
So this key is something I have been thinking about for a while now. It wasn’t until last night’s game that it all came together for me. Passing has been what makes or breaks this team. It has been since last season. The Carolina Hurricanes, when they are playing poorly, have failed to win games with sub par passing. They have also been winning games easily when the passing is on point.
Take last night for example, Martin Necas‘s goal in the second was the work of some masterful passing by Ryan Dzingel. Even Necas has to give him props for that one and might as well have given him a second assist it was that nice. Jaccob Slavin‘s “pass” (it was really a shot, but the Andrei was right there) to Andrei Svechnikov was another excellent example.
It worked well against a fast team like Detroit. Well the young New Jersey Devils are no slower. To keep them at bay and continue winning games against them the Carolina Hurricanes need to ensure the passing lanes remain open. That in turn opens up the shooting lanes and will turn Schneider into swiss cheese.
Lets be real, the Devils are really just another version of the Detroit Red Wings. A young team with some aging stars that have the wrong mix of experience and youth. Eventually that will level out for them. But for now it will either be speed and youth or experience and patience. Crisp clean passing will help keep both at bay and ensure the Carolina hurricane have the space they need.
Who knows, perhaps that space and passing will lead to another epic goal?