3 takeaways as Canes blow 6 past the Buffalo Sabres

RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 04: An aerial view of PNC Arena just past sunset following the game between the Louisville Cardinals and the North Carolina State Wolfpack and just ahead of the NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 4, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 04: An aerial view of PNC Arena just past sunset following the game between the Louisville Cardinals and the North Carolina State Wolfpack and just ahead of the NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes on December 4, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 04: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammate Martin Necas #88 following an empty-net goal by Niederreiter during the third period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on March 04, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 04: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammate Martin Necas #88 following an empty-net goal by Niederreiter during the third period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on March 04, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Carolina’s depth awakens from hibernation

For a little while, the Carolina Hurricanes were in hibernation offensively with some of their best players just struggling to produce. That all changed when the middle six attacked. Only a truly fantastic performance from the depth would remove the speculation and they got that and more from this game. Carolina can score again… hopefully.

Carolina got an outburst from their wingers and centers as 12 different Canes recorded points in this one. It was a great game for the Canes to win, and it was a good performance from the depth to wake up and start performing like we know the depth of the Carolina Hurricanes can. It was the complete and utter destruction of the Sabres. It was a good performance all the way through.

If the depth has this type of success when the playoffs start to roll around, it’s going to be difficult to discount this Canes team. It’s balanced and dangerous with players around the lineup able to put the puck in the net. They’re talented, well-coached and they’re relentless. They’re going to be a major player when the time comes if they can keep their bottom nine contributing.

With the team’s scoring touch seemingly returned, this bodes well as they head out west to take on the Canadian component of the West Coast. It’s a difficult trip and the depth scoring is going to need to play a big part if the Canes are going to find success in their endeavors. Until then, the Canes hammer the Sabres 6-2 and they win for the second time in 7 games.