Lack of Intensity From Carolina
After failing on the comeback attempt in New York on Wednesday night where they saw themselves down 3-0 at one point, it was very important that Carolina came out of the gate strong. To be fair, they started well, but that quickly changed. Nashville played with the exact intensity that Carolina desperately needed, and the results definitely back that up.
We can start by discussing the power play. Coming into tonight’s game, Carolina’s power play has been pretty good recently, good for 8th best in the league. They had three opportunities tonight and did not score. The first opportunity was easily the best, with Rinne standing on his head. As for the others, lifeless would be putting it lightly.
When it comes to 5-on-5 play, it was very one-sided, and certainly not in favor of the Carolina Hurricanes. While they had flashes of grade-A chances, they just couldn’t bury them. Besides those few chances, Carolina was very flat in this game. Nashville played to their strengths and had Carolina chasing nearly the entire game.
A quick look at the upcoming schedule will show just how important this game was for Carolina. With some tough opponents on the horizon, it was important to play a solid game and get a much needed two points against a team that has struggled this month. The Hurricanes failed to play with the needed intensity to win this hockey game and were outplayed in just about every facet of the game.