This has been a pretty frustrating season to watch for Hurricanes fans, not because the team has been playing poorly but because of how inconsistent they have been. After losing five games in a row, the Canes went onto earn points in their next five and then followed that up by dropping their next four, three of those losses coming in the previous week. To make matters worse, the team played some of their worst hockey of the season during that stretch and was dominated by two Eastern Conference clubs in their losses to Boston & Detroit. Carolina's even strength play has taken a pretty big step back this year, but the numbers they posted against Boston & Detroit would put them at the bottom of the league if it continued for a long stretch of time. You have to account for injuries, as the team was missing their best play-driving forward, Alexander Semin, for all three games but their even strength performance was still very ugly regardless.
They were able to salvage some good out of this week by defeating Ottawa at home and earning a point in an overtime loss to Boston, but this team has had major problems keeping up with top clubs at even strength and it will hurt them later in the season if things don't improve.no comments