How to Move Forward Without Svech
The Carolina Hurricanes struggled to produce without Andrei Svechnikov.
Aside from the two goals, the Hurricanes had plenty of chances to produce points. However, something just isn’t clicking in the offensive picture for the Hurricanes. The Canes are not hopeless without Andrei Svechnikov, but they certainly aren’t the same.
I am very happy with both Justin Williams and Jordan Martinook tonight, not just because of their goals but because of their overall efforts. Martinook has made his presence known as he’s been given a few chances on the top line, and I thought this was a nice cap to his performance so far.
Williams was instrumental in the last few games of the regular season for the Hurricanes, and I predicted that he would be a key factor in the playoffs for the team. Williams’ goal tonight is a great example of what an impact he can make on the team moving forward, both as a leader and a goal scorer.
With an assist tonight, Aho quietly continues to make a major impact in the postseason. However, the offensive effort still feels flat. Cardiac Canes’ Conor Power mentioned several players who need to make an impact following Svechnikov’s injury, including Jake Gardiner and Warren Foegele. It’s been said before, but game five needs a total team effort from the Hurricanes.
Vincent Trocheck did gain an assist tonight, and he is one player I have been keeping a close eye on. I feel like he’s on the verge of making a big mark on the organization, but he needs to put some points up to make that case. Brind’Amour has been switching up the lines frequently, and I hope that Trocheck can land in a spot that is beneficial to him.
Next, let’s look at how the Hurricanes can stay alive to fight another day with a game five win.