Goaltending needs to stay consistent
Carolina’s netminders have been what the organization has dreamed of having for years. Consistent, and you know what you’re getting. They give you a chance to win every game. If you told the Carolina Hurricanes this 15 years ago, they would have this and a fantastic defense in front of them, you would hope that the Canes were a consistently great team that could do anything.
While other aspects of the team have faltered and found rough patches, the crease has been somewhat consistently well defended by the two new additions with the large pads. Whenever the Hurricanes take to the ice with the modern team, you know that this team is going to get solid performances in the blue paint and they will not roll over, and I have an unusual suspicion that he might be needed in this one.
Carolina’s two netminders have shown their skill when pucks are being fired at them, and it’s often been with fantastic results. In some of the games, these netminders have been the sole reason the Canes have escaped with points, and in other games, they’ve dealt well with the limited amounts they have had to face. They’ve been effective in either role for the team.
Tonight, I shockingly don’t think the Canes are going to be dominated by the Sabres, but the team will give up chances and the team will have to be bailed out by its netminders at points in this game. Carolina’s netminders don’t tend to shy away from big tasks, but this game isn’t one. Having them show up here isn’t as easy as saying they’ll show up against Florida.