To look at the 5-1 loss to Boston, throw hands in the air and declare the season done is a bad idea. While it’s a tough loss, one needs to be honest with oneself. The Hurricanes didn’t have much of a shot in that game to begin with, and it was a sick, sad type of throwaway game. An earlier-in-the-season incarnation of the Hurricanes could have made a statement win against the Bruins — but this version was a longshot at best.
Boston has been destroying the Eastern Conference of late and are just simply in a higher class at the moment. Which is fine. Should Carolina turn it around, they can worry about Boston later. At the moment, it’s more important to look towards the matinee against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday back in Raleigh.
Edmonton will be a much better test of the Hurricanes, as well as a better stepping stone to the rest of the month. Carolina has been nails against the Western Conference this season and track records lean in their favor.
As the great debate of what to do about Cam Ward hangs over everyone’s head, as well as the spectacularly absent play of Eric Staal, taking one off of the Oilers at home will bode well for what lies in store through the back end of March. To get blown out by Boston is not the end of the world and could have happened to anyone.
Sharp eyes will focus on the Edmonton game as well as what happens on the following road excursion the rest of the week. That — not the smackdown in Boston — is the litmus test for the immediate future of the team and their plans moving forward.