2. Tighten Up Defensively
The Carolina Hurricanes’ defense has been a rollercoaster so far this season. From Dougie Hamilton‘s offensive prowess, to the revolving door that has been the Canes’ third defensive pairing, things have been interesting to say the least.
Some nights, the Carolina Hurricanes look to be absolutely unstoppable in their own zone; other nights, it seems like everyone on the opposition could just walk right past them.
Tonight, every member of the Canes’ defensive corps needs to step up and play lights-out defense in their own zone. Backchecking needs to be on point, defensemen like Edmundson and Gardiner need to limit the amount of times they attempt to pinch up-ice, and 2-on-1 chances coming into their own zone need to be mitigated as much as possible.
As of the writing of this article, no starting goaltender has been announced, but (if you ask me), James Reimer should be the clear-cut choice, especially after his sparkling performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.
Reimer bailed the Hurricanes out countless times during that game, and will more than likely be required to do the same tonight if he is, indeed, named the starter in Boston. The Canes’ defense needs to rise to the occasion and help him out, from start to finish. Speaking of start to finish…