Slow starts aren't anything new to the Carolina Hurricanes. They've been known for having an underwhelming record during the month of October for years now and it always seems to take their best players awhile to get into top form. We seem to go through this every season, so the Canes posting a 4-5-3 record through October could end up being not that big of a deal in the big picture, especially with the Metropolitan Division being very weak right now. However, something that is very alarming is how poorly this team has played in first periods.
In their first 12 games, the Hurricanes have scored the first goal in only three of them and they've been outscored 10-4 in first periods as a whole. The Hurricanes have managed to grab points in seven of these games, so they are at least fighting their way back into games, but the fact that they are usually trailing after 20 minutes is still a pretty big problem. With hockey being a game of chance, I generally don't put a lot of thought into how much "momentum" is gained after scoring or giving up a goal. However, something everyone can agree on is that the Hurricanes constantly digging themselves into holes early in games is not a good thing and it's something that needs to be rectified sooner rather than later.
What's the root of the problem, though? Are the Canes coming out strong and falling behind after making a few mistakes? That would be the best case scenario but unfortunately, there are more than a few problems with the Hurricanes play in first periods this year.no comments