It wasn’t too long ago where it looked like the Carolina Hurricanes were cruising their way towards a Southeast Division title and a possible No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The last two weeks has seen the Hurricanes collapse with six straight losses as the team’s scoring has been non-existent.
There are no easy answers to the problems in Carolina, but something is up here.
Carolina has scored just seven goals in these six losses and has lost 4-1 on four different occasions, so those are not even close games. The team is definitely feeling the loss of Cam Ward in net and while Dan Ellis and Justin Peters have played fairly well, this team needs Ward back. I’m not sure what is going on in the locker room as well, but players like Eric Staal has to be saying something to his teammates as the captain.
The team is slipping out of playoff contention. Carolina is now near the bottom of the NHL in scoring on the power play and allowing goals on it as well. The Hurricanes have gone from a team that was the No. 3 seed just two weeks ago to a team that is now three points out of the playoffs.
There are too many talented teams in the Eastern Conference for the Hurricanes to slide any further away from the playoffs. The time to step up has come and the Hurricanes need to accept that to turn things around.