Aside from Thursday night's game against Minnesota, all of Carolina's regulation losses this year have been pretty lousy performances by the entire team and the beating they took from the Colorado Avalanche last night was no exception. Sure, the Hurricanes made the shot count close in the third period, but that only happened because the Avs had a 2-3 goal cushion for most of the game and pretty much had it won, barring a monumental collapse. This team has shown the ability to battle back from an early deficit but the slow starts are a serious problem. They can't expect to be a competitive team if they continue to spot their opponents the first 1-2 goals and play catch-up for the next 20-40 minutes. This has been the case for the Hurricanes in four of the last five games and it's really starting to be an ugly trend.
Some might be willing to give them a pass for last night because they were playing the second half of a back-to-back on the road (in the high altitude nonetheless) with an injured roster, but these struggles aren't new. The Canes have had the tendency to look sluggish out of the gate all season long and it really doesn't matter who or where they play. Although, giving up nearly 20 shots on goal to a weak possession team in Colorado might have been a new low.
It's nice to see the Canes actually fight back after falling behind early in games but the fact that they constantly wind up in these positions is very troubling to say the least. You can't start off every game getting outshot & outchanced, especially when playing in front of you're third string goalie. If the Canes continue this trend, then it could be a very long season. The resiliency from this club is nice to see, but the first period struggles are a serious problem.no comments