The sun is shining a little brighter in Raleigh this week as the Hurricanes put an end to their five-game losing streak and have now earned points in three consecutive games. They are still struggling to score goal and are far from being in top form, but they are at least banking points now and that is never a bad thing. Despite the losing streak, the Hurricanes are still in decent shape compared to the rest of the Eastern Conference and should continue to do so if they can keep their heads above water, which they have done with this brief point streak.
Prior to Tuesday night's game against the Flyers, I said that this past week was the Hurricanes best chance to "right the ship" because they were going up against some weak teams in the Flyers and the Islanders. Neither of those games were pretty, but the Canes managed to win both of those games and earned a point in Saturday night's shootout loss against the Wild. With Colorado, Anaheim and St. Louis waiting for them next week, the Canes did a good job of taking advantage of this part of the schedule and not letting their season fall apart early. It might be silly to speculate that in November but historically, this team has struggled in November and they usually get knocked out of contention early because of it. There is still a lot of hockey left to be played in this month, but the Canes five points in three games this past week is a nice start.
That said, there are still some concerns, the biggest of which being the offense. Carolina is averaging less than two goals per game and scored only five total goals in their last three games. They were able to earn points in them thanks to some strong defensive play and Justin Peters having three solid outings, but the offense is going to have to start producing eventually.
Every team goes through dry spells like this and I do not expect Carolina to shoot at 6.2% for the entire season but without Jeff Skinner, there is a lack of goal-scoring talent in the lineup and it has been noticeable these last couple of weeks. Skinner's goal-scoring numbers might be trending in the wrong direction but his ability to create scoring chances can not be understated because the Hurricanes have continued to struggle in that department.no comments