Carolina has dropped its fourth game in a row. Despite putting up 44 shots against a goaltender who came into this game with a .892 save percentage, the Carolina Hurricanes lose 2-0 to the New York Rangers. Carolina continues to be the cure for any goaltender having a difficult patch. A 2-0 shutout of the Hurricanes further highlights the issues the team has had scoring.
Carolina kicked the New York Rangers up and down the ice for 60 minutes in this one. They were straight up the better team. There’s no denying it. However, it doesn’t matter if you cannot put the puck in the net. They lost again in a fashion that stinks of the 2010’s Canes teams. That whole decade of irrelevance was like watching that team again. Better team for 60 minutes, cannot buy a goal.
Carolina’s currently killing penalties at an 89.2% efficiency rate, is one of the best in the league’s history. They’re chasing down that 89.6% all-time record. They’re a long way from passing it, but the fact they’re in that conversation is ridiculous. They’ve been so good down a man and that held true tonight. As long as they keep killing the penalties they’re taking, the more likely they are to get through this.
Carolina’s inability to score the killer blow is something the team’s General Manager Don Waddell says the team will come through. With the Carolina Hurricanes still not being able to score, it’s creating the team’s worst losing streak since November. You’d much rather the team goes through this now than in the playoffs, this is something the Hurricanes need to get through.
This was a game that perfectly summed up the Hurricanes’ issues. They couldn’t score in a game that they were far and away the better team in and it’s everything we’ve come to expect from this organization when they host the Blueshirts from New York.