While many called this year’s draft “weak,” any draft compared to the last two will be considered weak as those draft years were simply amazing. Make no mistake, the rookies here this week are a talented group. Their skating ability is superb and some have stick handling ability certainly on the NHL level.
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The Carolina Hurricanes played their final home game of the season. This game had more emotion, more jump, more speed, more passing, scoring and, best of all, more Caniacs in the seats.
It wasn’t that the Islanders were that much better or played as a team that needs to win all of their last games, as they do, to have any chance of the Playoffs. It was more that the Canes, now officially out of the Wild Card slot for the playoffs, were as flat as they’ve been all season.
The Carolina Hurricanes ended their franchise record game point streak losing to the Dallas Stars 3-0, in a heart breaker of a game in front of a very good and supportive crowd. Kari Lehtonen earned every bit of the shut out but until the third period, he wasn’t challenged as much as he should have been as the Canes were flat and didn’t have that desperation that was evident late in the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes set a franchise record of 13 straight games with garnering a point with an exciting 2-1 win in overtime on a punch-in goal by Noah Hanifin. The Columbus Blue Jackets are vying for both the President’s Trophy, the division and conference championship so this game meant as much to them as it did for the Canes in keeping their playoff hopes alive. The Canes remain four points out of the last Wild Card slot as Boston also won but leap frogged the Islanders who lost to the Flyers.
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Detroit Red Wings played the back end of a twin bill at the PNC Arena with the Canes controlling the game from start to finish with a solid 4-1 win. It was the first time since their Stanley Cup season the Canes played the same team two nights in a row on home ice and this win extended their point streak to 12 games, also the longest since the 2005-06 season.
The Carolina Hurricanes extended their point streak to 11 games with that mysterious extra point in the overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings 4-3, moving them to within four points of the Wild Card spot in the playoffs. The Canes continue to cheat the odds and pundits of where they would be this season, especially after being sellers at the trade deadline.
Two nights ago, the Eric Staal was in town with the Wild with the Canes winning that game. And this night, Peter Laviolette, coach of the Canes in 2006 when they won the Stanley Cup, was in town as the Canes were hosting another playoff bound team, the Nashville Predators.
Eric Staal and his Minnesota Wild team are one of the top teams in the west and if they win their game against the Canes, they would have leap frogged Chicago as the top team in the west. This was EStaal’s second trip to the PNC Arena wearing a visitor’s uniform, the first being last year shortly after he was traded to the NY Rangers with the Canes winning that game 4-1. Once again, the Canes beat EStaal’s team, this time by a 3-1 score.
The Carolina Hurricanes and NY Islanders played the back end of a home-and-home series Tuesday at the PNC Arena after a wild 8-4 Canes win the night before. Jaccob Slavin scored a hat trick with Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk added two goals each and Joakim Nordstrom adding a solo shot. Tuesday saw the Canes go up by two goals only to squander the lead and eventually lose in overtime.