After an up and down month of November the Carolina Hurricanes are sitting pretty with 33 points. However there are still several unanswered questions.
November was not as kind to us as October was. 15 Games were played and the Carolina Hurricanes only won eight of them. Sure that’s a bit over 0.500 for the month. Sure they took care of business in the two games that went to overtime. Sure they managed to open and close out the month with wins. But in this league and especially this division, that’s not good enough.
Especially considering that of the eight wins, three were one goal differences while they only lost by a goal once when their comeback against the New York Rangers was cut short. That said, we got a lot of answers from the questions we had from last month going in.
Brian Gibbons did an outstanding job holding the line until Jordan Martinook returned off his injury. Martinook has made the wait worth it as he has come back with the vengeance and helped the team immensely upon his return.
The Andrei Svechnikov to Sebastian Aho train line seems to be running at full speed with the Dougie Hamilton engine underneath to help fuel it like never before. These three might all be heading to the All-Star game late next month. Would be the first time since we hosted the All-Star game that Carolina sent more than one player.
The race between Brock McGinn and Warren Foegele to score first was a fun one. McGinn thought he had the first one, but it got recalled and Foegele ended up scoring first. But now both of them have goals on the season. I love happy endings.
Haydn Fleury has seen plenty of ice time this month. Including playing as part of seven defenders against the bolts last night as well as earlier this month against the Devils as forwards are getting hurt. That said I would like to see him get even more ice time and expand his role with the team over someone like Jake Gardiner perhaps.
That all said we still have questions from the last month that need answering. And perhaps one from the previous month that seems to have carried over.