Three keys to win in first game in Seattle against the Kraken

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 20: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center on November 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 20: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center on November 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 20: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center on November 20, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 20: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Staples Center on November 20, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Don’t look past Seattle

Carolina will be going to Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle for the first time ever. It’s very important that the team doesn’t look past this opponent because they have the ability to beat teams and do it well. Seattle is far from a pushover, and it will take a performance from the Canes worthy of beating them to leave the state of Washington with two points for the standings.

We can debate how important a game on November 24th is at the end of the season, but winning tonight means that the Canes don’t lose two in a row. While they got a point from their last loss, two points are better than one, especially against an opponent that they should be beating like Seattle. Not to say that the Kraken are bad, but their poor run of results needs to be compounded by Carolina.

If Carolina wants to stay in the hunt for the league’s top spot in the standings, they need to win tonight. Obviously, no one gives a flying pig about regular season trophies. The trophy you want is the one you get for winning 16 playoff games, but that cannot be won in November. It can be lost in November, but the Hurricanes hot start has helped them avoid that case here.

In Seattle, Washington, Carolina will take on a new opponent. With the Kraken consisting of a former Carolina general manager, a former Carolina Hurricanes play-by-play voice, and multiple former Carolina Hurricanes players. This is going to be a clash of familiar faces, and I cannot wait to see some of the former members of this franchise as we approach game time.

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