Star Wars night in Raleigh, tonight is! These three keys, the Carolina Hurricanes must do to beat the Minnesota Wild in Raleigh!
Before you ask: no, I’m not going to do the entire article in Yoda-speak. I wish I could, but I don’t have the mental fortitude to swap around the structure of every sentence. In any case, the Carolina Hurricanes welcome the MInnesota Wild to Raleigh tonight for the 2nd time this season.
The last time these teams met, on November 16th, the Carolina Hurricanes won, although just barely, by a score of 4-3 in overtime. Carolina had taken an early commanding lead, but allowed Minnesota to come back and tie the game to force overtime.
Since then, the Canes have won 5 of their last 9 games, but have had an up-and-down trajectory for the past week or so. The Minnesota Wild, on the other hand, have won 7 of their last 9 games, and are currently riding a 5-game winning streak dating back to November 26th.
This go round, I think the game will go differently. If the Canes want to win tonight, they’ll need to stay out of the box, minimize high-danger chances on Petr Mrazek or James Reimer, and (most importantly) have patience, young padawans. The Carolina Hurricanes have to gain some momentum, and start to string some games together. What better night to regain that momentum than Star Wars Night?