There's only two games to recap for the Canes this week and neither of them were anything to write home about, as they were both losses and ones that the Hurricanes played poorly in. To add to that, they also sustained a few injuries to key players, the biggest of which being goaltender Cam Ward, so the morale of the team has crashed back of Earth after a three-game point streak. The injuries to Ward, Skinner, Khudobin and Dwyer make the future very uncertain, especially if Khudobin can't return soon, but Carolina losing to both Minnesota & Colorado last week wasn't very surprising. Why? Because Carolina has struggled nightly against the Western Conference this season.
The Canes are now winless in five games against the West this year and they have been outscored 15-9 during that time. They have also been "outshot" 236-211 during five-on-five play against the West and when you compare that to their 52.7% Corsi percentage in six games against the East, it isn't a surprise to see that they lost to both Minnesota & Colorado last week. This isn't meant to be an excuse because Carolina will be seeing more of the West this year, but it does reveal that most of Carolina's problems are coming against teams they aren't overly familiar with.
So should we expect the Canes to rebound once they have more intra-division games? Possibly, but they still have a lot of games to play against the West this year and can't continue to get outplayed and leave points on the table, especially if they have playoff aspirations. We've seen the Canes play well enough to at least get to overtime against top-tier teams like Los Angeles & Chicago, so they have the ability to keep up with them. Unfortunately, none of that was present when they took on Minnesota & Colorado on the road this past week. A closer look at both of those games is coming after the jump.no comments