Eric Staal: Keeping the Cardiac Canes Alive

By Sterling Eby

While Eric Staal is currently on a nine game point the streak, the Hurricanes have rode the momentum as far as it possibly can take them, going 4-1-4 to close out the month of February.

Staal has 12 goals, 22 assists and 34 points in his last 25 games. The Hurricanes have received a red hot 31 points in the standings in those 25 games. They only receiving 30 points in the previous 38 games.

It’s hard to put all the pressure on the captain, but since Staal has stepped up the rest of the team has stepped up and responded.

The part of the game that the Hurricanes have openly struggled with all season is shootouts. Staal is not a shootout specialist and hardly ever takes place in shootouts. The Hurricanes are 0-6 in shootouts on the season. Which is slightly better than their 2-7 overtime record.

2-13 in games that have gone into shootout or overtime is horrific. Seeing how many points the Hurricanes have squandered in overtime and shootout is a painful stat to look at.

The Hurricanes will have to step it up to Cardiac Canes status now that March and April is among us, still needing roughly 30 points in 19 games to remain in the hunt for the Eastern Conference playoffs, while only 7 of those 19 games are at home.

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