Hurricanes Head West for Road Trip

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Vitek Vanecek #41 of the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at Capital One Arena on March 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: Derek Stepan #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Vitek Vanecek #41 of the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at Capital One Arena on March 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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As the talk of the NHL and the Carolina Hurricanes is taken over by trades and rumors of trades, the Canes head on what will be one of their last “far” trips. The Vegas Golden Knights will host the Canes on Wednesday.

The end of February is upon us, and Carolina finished the short month with a record of 6-2. Although a very successful month, it ended with a bad taste when losing to the Anaheim Ducks at home.

The first half of the season brought many road games and road trips. In fact, the boys from Raleigh had to be away from home for 6 games that spanned over 14 days.

It was an early test for this group in December but also meant that the second half of the season would mean the home crowd would be behind them for more games than not.

The first-place holders in the Metro Division have a solid record at PNC Arena than away. Having a record of 21-7-2 at home, the Hurricanes are happy to stay in Raleigh if possible.

The road has been quite kind with an 18-4-6 record but who doesn’t like a good night’s sleep in their own bed?

To begin the month of March, Rod Brind’Amour and company will head on a two-game road trip out west.

After a night in Vegas, the team will head to Arizona for a contest against the Arizona Coyotes at 5,000-seat Mullet Arena. Known for its raucous crowd, the visitors have lost more than they have won in Arizona this season.

It is also worth noting that the game in Arizona will be on NHL trade deadline day. It may be the first opportunity to see a new acquisition play. A few Coyotes players have been linked with Carolina and will not have a long trip to travel if traded Friday.

Either way, this will be another test and a good chance for the team to bond on the road for one of the last multi-game trips.