13 goals over the past three contests…
Need I say more?
The Carolina Hurricanes are red hot, having won five of their last six games and now possess a commanding lead in the Southeast Division. While goaltender Cam Ward has been good, not great , it has been the Canes’ offense that has skyrocketed this team to the top of the standings.
Less than 15 games into the 2013 campaign, the Hurricanes currently have the 5th-ranked offense in hockey, averaging 3.15 goals per contest. The success all starts with who other than the captain, Eric Staal, who is currently riding an 11-game point streak. He is playing just as good, if not better than anyone in hockey right now, but he certainly doesn’t deserve all of the credit.
Linemates Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin have been playing some terrific hockey alongside Staal lately, making the first line a threat to score whenever they are out on the ice. Tlusty may only have nine points on the year, but has been heating up lately, posting seven points over the last four contests. Semin, meanwhile, has three goals and seven assists through 13 games. Imagine how dangerous this team will be if he starts lighting the lamp as frequently as he is capable of.
After experiencing a bit of a sophomore slump last season, Jeff Skinner is really starting to come into his own. He has seven goals and seven assists this season, ranking him second on the team in points behind Staal. And of course, there is still brother Jordan. who has only scored twice thus far, but has tallied 10 helpers.
If I were an opposing defense, I surely would not want to face this group right now. Carolina is absolutely taking the NHL by storm right now (no pun intended). To all opposing goaltenders, I deliver a message: