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On Wednesday, the Hurricanes played host to the St. Louis Blues and stretched their winless streak to seven games by losing 5-2. Since shelling the Panthers 7-2 on October 9, the boys have gone 0-4-3. While there has been some improvement, there are some recurring themes in this losing streak.
The special teams have been getting much better. The power play was two for six and the penalty kill was a perfect one for one. The Canes have now scored at least one power play goal in four straight games. For the fifth time in the last eight games, the PK was perfect. Those are small things, but it’s a start in the right direction.
Unfortunately, some bad trends are continuing. For at least the fourth time this season, the Canes fell asleep at the wheel and allowed two goals in a span of less than 30 seconds. That can do a lot to the landscape of a game. In this game, Eric Staal missed a couple of grade A++ chances, which is another trend that needs to reverse if the Canes expect to win any games.
On Thursday night, Carolina will wrap up their longest roadtrip of the season when they visit St. Louis at 8:30 eastern time. They have been forced onto the road, as they are every October, because of the North Carolina State Fair, which has its fairgrounds adjacent to the RBC Center.
On Tuesday, the Canes played a pretty good game in Montrßal, earning one standings point in a shootout loss I neglected to blog that game, but each team had one cheap goal and one good goal. The game went to shootout and Saku Koivu was the man.
Carolina has gone 2-1-2 so far on this road trip, locking up six of a possible ten points. Tonight, they will face a team who has elevated its status from perennial laughing stock to early contender. In the meeting of the two teams last season, Manny Legace pitched a 1-0 shutout for the Blues.
Rod Brind’Amour is riding a two game point streak. Other stats after the jump