Carolina Hurricanes: Three Keys to Postseason Success

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Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes are preparing to take on the New York Rangers

The Carolina Hurricanes are fired up and ready to make a run for the cup and there are a few keys that will give them postseason success.

The Carolina Hurricanes have now been in training camp for a whole week. Rod Brind’amour and Jordan Staal both agree that the energy is high and the team is ready for a serious run in the playoffs. It’s apparent that every Cane is fighting to win the cup every day.

There were many ups and downs in this wild season but the Canes still sit high enough to claim a 5 seed in the Stanley Cup Qualifying round. With the Rangers up first there are a few things that have to go the Canes way in order to win the cup without us caniacs having too much anxiety.

With 3 months off from hockey all the players have had time to rest and heal, but haven’t been playing at the same pace as during the season. The rest was well worth it for the Canes especially since they were down about 4-5 men at one point before the pause.

1. Screaming Staal

While Jordan Staal was never physically injured this season, there seemed to be something he was lacking all year. He had a poor regular season in the terms of production, but, at least he was still winning face offs.

Last year Staal came to play in the postseason. He seemed to have a fire lit under him any time he stepped on the ice and gave his all every single shift. His faceoffs were elite, and he had a few big time goals for the canes. After these goals, as pictured above, was his reaction. This is how the Screaming Staal meme was born.

If Staal can do what he did last year in the playoffs, everyone he faces is in danger.

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