Start Fast, Score Early
If the Carolina Hurricanes hope to walk out of Calgary with two points, then they need to come out of the gate fast. With what will undoubtedly be a rowdy home crowd for the Flames, Carolina will need to score first and early to take the crowd out of the game and set the tone.
Despite being shutout last game, the offense for Carolina has been pretty potent recently. They posted six goals against both the Oilers and the Wild and put up three against the Sharks. They had some great chances against the Canucks, but Jacob Markstrom made it clear he wasn’t letting anything get passed him.
This is where a young team can have its benefits. Carolina is a very talented team that has proven they have the ability to score in bunches. Because of how lengthy and mentally straining this road trip will be, coming out strong and setting the tone early is very important. Taking control of the game against the Flames won’t be easy, because of how hot they’ve been recently.
From the very first face-off, it is imperative that the Hurricanes start strong. Use your speed to your advantage and swarm the Flames. Puck possession will also be incredibly important in this game. If Carolina can manage to score the first goal and create an opportunity for them to dictate how the game will be played, they can easily walk away with two points.