Going 0-5-1 in their last six Metropolitan Division games, what will it take for the Carolina Hurricanes to come away with a critical two points tonight against the Rangers?
After defeating the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders in the first week of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have dropped their last six divisional games, getting out scored 13-21 in the process. What will it take to ensure the Canes leave Broadway with two divisional points?
The Hurricanes and Rangers faced off back on November 7th in Raleigh in what was the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season. In a game where the Blue Shirts walked away with a 4-2 victory the Hurricanes weren’t without their opportunities. Generating plenty of shots, 47 to be exact, the Canes once again struggled to solve Henrik Lundqvist.
Another area the Hurricanes dominated in their last go around was the faceoff dot. Winning 60.8% of the draws, the opportunities were certainly there they were just unable to capitalize. With 22 shots in the first period alone they could have easily ran away with the game if it wasn’t for Lundqvist keeping them in the game early.
With only four blocked shots and 18 giveaways the Canes struggled a bit in their own end. With most of the defense looking more pedestrian than elite, it’s safe to say that they’ll need a better effort all around if they expect a different result tonight.