Overcoming the injury bug
Carolina has lost a big player, depth piece, and backup netminder to injuries already. But without Brett Pesce, Nino Niederreiter, and Antti Raanta, the Carolina Hurricanes are going to need to find a way to overcome the defending Stanley Cup champions. Sounds pretty impossible to me, but a Zamboni driver beat a 60 million dollar offense so anything is possible I guess.
How can the Hurricanes overcome such a strong team with such a weakened lineup? Next man-up mentality. We’ve seen it in the forward core where a rookie came in and pushed the team to come back against the Chicago Blackhawks, and we’re going to see the team go through a lot of strong opponents in the next few weeks. It’s vital that the team can figure out a way to win.
With that said, it’s the most important thing that these 20 guys get out of this game healthy or things start to get complicated with the cap and so on. Avoid injury at all costs, and whatever happens, get the two points. Leaving the state of Florida empty-handed would be absolutely catastrophic for the Carolina Hurricanes season so far.
This might seem like an overreaction but these are the two biggest games of the season so far. Carolina laid a goose egg in the first one and needs a result from tonight’s game for the standings to look better than they were. They were beaten by Florida and they cannot afford for this game to have the same result.