3. Losing Streak Motivation
A team losing three games in a row is never pretty. Two of those three games being close enough, one of which that should’ve been a confirmed win.
The New York Islanders just only recently got their 10-game win streak broken, by the Pittsburgh Penguins who now have also surpassed the Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals continues to be the best in the division. No matter if the Hurricanes want to keep up or not, the league keeps moving.
The Hurricanes simply need to outwork and outperform the Senators. They have a much stronger team, when it comes to star skill and better depth on all four lines.
Simple tweaks to small things like net-front presence and winning puck battles to continue possession, with a nitty-gritty desperation playstyle will do wonders for the Hurricanes.
Being better conditioned under Rod Brind’Amour, they need to use that endurance to their advantage. Brind’Amour has said after the game with the New York Rangers that the game was played well, but the results weren’t good.
Expect a good game from Eetu Luostarinen, who looked good against the Rangers and will seek to impress to attempt to stay with the group from Raleigh. Hard work is rewarded with more ice time, he should be able to earn that respect early in the game.