Carolina Hurricanes: Keys to beating Philadelphia

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 27: Martin Necas #88 and Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate with teammates after a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 27, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Score early and often

Carolina will go up against a netminder tonight who has struggled in the past because he gets inside his own head and stews on his mistakes. Scoring a goal or two on him early could start this process and ease a lot of the tension out of this game. Carolina’s offense might not have all the tools it did to start the season, but it’s still got enough to win this game if they can make a netminder doubt himself.

Carolina’s system of wave after wave of attacking pressure and forechecking is going to have to make a big appearance in this game. Carolina knows that this is a game that losing is not an option. Losing to a divisional opponent in this bloodbath that the NHL so kindly threw the reigning Central Division champions back into and named the Metropolitan division.

Now, losing this game is far from a disaster. Carolina knows that at this point, they’ve got a lot of breathing room between them and missing the playoffs. They’ve got a lot of space between them and the fringe playoff-caliber teams. With that in mind, the team needs to not take this Flyers team for granted and not take a breath. Start early and score early, force Philly back and push them.

If you force the Flyers to attempt to overcome this Carolina Hurricanes machine, then you’re going to have success. The only time the Canes have lost this season is when they were 4-0 down at the end of the first period. If they lead, then this game will quickly be killed off. Carolina always seems to get better as the game goes on, so start early and kill it quick.

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