The Carolina Hurricanes are on a three-game losing streak and nerves are beginning to set in with the club and fans. Losing is never fun but this team is far from being in panic mode.
Rod Brind’Amour has sounded more and more frustrated at the results during his post-game press conferences. He has yet to deal with many failures as a coach or player.
Injuries are no excuse but the Hurricanes have gone through a string of difficult injuries of late.
In the salary cap era, no team that has aspirations of making a deep run in the playoffs can have huge cap relief.
The Hurricanes are no different.
Having many skilled players at each position has caused the money to be spent on the top performers, leaving little left on depth.
The team brought back players like Derek Stepan and Calvin De Haan as low-cost options that were familiar with the culture being built by Brind’Amour.
Although this recent streak of losses has been a disappointment, the team has picked up a point in each of the losses. This cannot be understated.
Good and bad teams will lose and lose on streaks. To be able to pick up key points against some difficult opponents, with some on the road, is a testament to how good this group is.
If it weren’t for an unbelievably hot streak by the New Jersey Devils, winning 13 straight games, the Hurricanes could easily be leading the Metropolitan Division.
They are now tied for second place with a game in hand on the New York Islanders. Both teams have 24 points and will be playing the night before Thanksgiving.
The season is a marathon and not a sprint.
This group of players have been through the battles together and are due some off nights. The youth has filled in nicely for the injuries.
A lot of help is on the way internally and this team will continue to battle night in and night out.
Time will tell where the Hurricanes fall in the race for the Stanley Cup, but the team has the skill to make the playoffs comfortably.