By Michael Peckerar @michaelpeckerar on April 10, 2014
Every moment is a teachable moment, and it's the fool that takes no lesson out of a loss.
There are plenty of lessons the Carolina Hurricanes picked up this season during their disastrous, streaky and dreadful season. Not making the playoffs is preventable, and these are 5 lessons the Hurricanes learned by losing.
Lines don't just throw themselves together, and they require a little maintenance once they're on the depth chart. Finding the right groove of talent and chemistry is hard, and refusing to see this was a killer.
The Eric Staal-Alexander Semin debacle is exhibit A.
The analogy is a little bit esoteric but it's true. With a guy like Tim Gleason, who was clearly not doing well and was a liability, there's no reason to wait it out. It took a while to trade him, but it unexpectedly paid off with John-Michael Liles.
This was an example of recognizing when someone just needs to go and cutting the dead weight.
When both goaltenders get hurt in nearly identical situations less than a month apart, something is amiss.
Carolina was riddled with a rogue's gallery of both upper and lower body injuries that often could have been prevented in a number of ways. Try basic self-protection on the ice, better conditioning and a list of other simple things. While concussions and bumps are going to happen, this type of excess is preventable.
Cobra Kai never dies, and their advice isn't too bad to think about. When Carolina came out of the gates like madmen and tallied the first goal, awesome things happened. Yet, too many times they let the momentum drop off and allowed the first goal along with the ensuing collapse.
Start the first period sweeping the leg, and wins will happen.
The entire concept of a power play is that you have more skaters than the other team and can dictate the action. It's how that whole situation works. The Hurricanes forgot this, as they never went north of 20-percent or so on the power play. The inability to convert on the man advantage killed them, and they need to learn that a power play is when you score.
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