The Carolina Hurricanes had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Philadelphia Flyers in a close game. The Hurricanes have a chance to rebound against the Florida Panthers.
The Hurricanes had started their four-game winning streak with a 8-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. They went on to accomplish a feat this franchise usually doesn’t; a perfect road trip. Victories over the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, and the Chicago Blackhawks keeps the Hurricanes competitive.
Despite winning four in a row, the Hurricanes find themselves fourth in the Metropolitan Division again. The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently riding a four-game point streak, the New York Islanders are riding a five-game winning streak, and with their win two nights ago, the Philadelphia Flyers only trail the Hurricanes by a point.
If you don’t overachieve in this division, you don’t achieve anything in this league. The only thing the four-game winning streak, unfortunately, has done is fix the four-game losing streak right before it. The start of that winning streak should be tonight, on Hockey Fights Cancer night.
The Florida Panthers are no light opponent. They’ve won five out of their last six games, their last three losses on the season have been close one-goal differences. They are second in the Atlantic Division and only trail the Boston Bruins for first by four points.
Their captain Aleksander Barkov has led by example with the most assists on their team and second place in points with 29, under goal-leading Jonathan Huberdeau. With a tougher opponent, what will the Hurricanes need to do to get the win? There are three keys for that.