Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 12/14/08 at 02:37 AM ET
This Hurricanes season is starting to look a lot like the Cinderella season in 2001-02. In a lot of ways, but mostly in that Paul Marice is getting his team to overtime with frightening regularity. In January of 2002, under the guidance of Chairman Mo, the Hurricanes went through a a rough winless spell. Between January 17 and January 29, they didn’t pick up any wins, but they had five ties in that seven game span. Remember ties?
This is what’s happening now. Maurice has been back at the helm for five games. A blowout loss in his first game followed by an overtime loss, a win, and now two shootout losses in a row. Five games. Five points. They have quietly fallen into third place in the Southeast division, but things could be a lot worse. This is only the second time all season that the Canes have secured standings points in three consecutive games.
Of course the Hurricanes would prefer to get the two points, and they certainly should have had two points in Philly on Thursday, but they blew a four goal lead and were honestly lucky to have escaped with the one point. Still, I’m trying to be optimistic about it and say that one point is better than no points.
That Hurricanes team from 2002 went on a tear in February to save Mo’s job and propel them into the playoffs. This team has way more talent than the 2002 team. If they can eke out standings points on a nightly basis, then find an extra gear in January or February, I’ll be pretty happy.
Overall, I think the team looks a little better since the regime change. If nothing else, they’ve gone back to taking the morning skate on game day. I’m not sure why Laviolette stopped doing morning skates, but it can make a big difference.
The power play still needs A LOT of work, but as a whole the team looks decent.
The Hurricanes will be off until Tuesday, when they will host the Habs.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.