Carolina’s control of the games they have played so far this season has aided them a lot in their quest for the results they currently have. That will have to continue tonight. Taking control of the game early and trying to break through to take it away from a stout defensive team like Columbus is important.
Dominance doesn’t even have to be offensive zone time with the puck. Just get the puck in deep and get on the forecheck. Allow the forwards to buzz and confuse whichever netminder Columbus elect to go with. We know that the Canes’ worth ethic will be there and we know that it’s going to have to be there to triumph over the Blue Jackets.
Whoever scores first in this game could easily walk out of the building with both points tonight. With the Carolina Hurricanes knowing they will need to get out of the traps early in this game, it’s going to really be a case of whichever goaltender faulters first. In the event Carolina draws first blood, it puts them in a pretty commanding position given the struggles that Columbus has among their forwards usually.
Rain shots down on goal, get into puck battles deep, trap the zone, and recycle the puck. It’s difficult to do at the NHL level, but it’s going to require the Canes to grind their win out if they’re going to escape the discovery city with eight points in the standings. It’s not an easy task, but it’s going to be rewarding if they can do it.