The Carolina Hurricanes look to extend their winning streak to three games this afternoon with an early matinee game against the Minnesota Wild.
The Minnesota Wild are not having a great season. 30th in the league, the Wild are currently sporting a record of 7-11-1, a stark difference from the Carolina Hurricanes’ record of 11-7-1.
This, however, does not mean the Carolina Hurricanes should take the Minnesota Wild lightly by any means. In today’s league, any team has the capability to be dangerous on any given night. The Wild still have offensive threats in the form of (yet again) former Carolina Hurricane Eric Staal, as well as Jason Zucker.
The Minnesota Wild have struggled just about everywhere else; dismal defense, and wildly inconsistent goaltending from both Alex Stalock and Devan Dubnyk early on this season have contributed to the Wild’s poor performance this season. The Wild have won three of their last five games, however; these wins came against the Anaheim Ducks, the Arizona Coyotes, and the LA Kings.
The Wild have managed to pull off quite a few impressive wins this season as well, including a shutout against the Edmonton Oilers back on October 22nd. The Wild struggled quite a bit at the beginning of the season, but seem to be picking up the pace over the course of the past few weeks.
Contrarily, the Carolina Hurricanes have seemingly overcome their early-season struggles, and look to extend their winning streak to three games this afternoon; the Canes blew out the Ottawa Senators earlier this week 8-2, and most recently overcame the Buffalo Sabres in overtime, 5-4.
The Canes’ roster is also now back at full strength after Jordan Martinook was activated off the injured reserve yesterday afternoon. Martinook, arguably the heart and soul of the Carolina Hurricanes, was sorely missed in his absence, and will surely be a welcome presence going forward.
In order to extend their winning streak to three games, the Carolina Hurricanes would do well to shut down Minnesota’s top offensive threats, have consistency from our starting goaltender, and (you guessed it) continue to convert on the powerplay.