The Hurricanes losing streak against Western Conference continued this past Saturday as they dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Minnesota Wild. This was one of those games where the Hurricanes did a lot of good things and had plenty of opportunities to win, but they simply could not finish and the game ended up going to a skills competition. People can talk about how poorly Carolina has faired in shootouts recently, but the fact that their games keep getting to that point is more of a problem in my eyes. Scoring has been a pretty big issue all season long and while the Hurricanes have put together a nice point-streak, they are still starving for goals right now and it is really holding them back.
You don't need to be a powerhouse to win in the NHL, but the Hurricanes are currently averaging fewer than two goals per game and only the Flyers have fewer total goals on the season. That obviously isn't going to get it done and Saturday's loss was a fine example of that. The game wasn't all bad, as the Hurricanes managed to hang tough against one of the Western Conference's better teams but they have to start getting the offense going if they want this point-streak to go any further.
This begs the question: Are the Hurricanes scoring woes a matter of the team not being able to finish or has their offense on the decline from last year? In the case of this game, it was a little of both.no comments