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Rocking and Rolling in Carolina

In fact, as of this writing, it appears that it is a realistic goal that this team could find itself in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season.vFor the last few seasons, the Carolina Hurricanes have been a good hockey team, just not good enough to make the playoffs.

The team is doing everything they can to flip the script this year. In fact, as of this writing, it appears that it is a realistic goal that this team could find itself in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

The Hurricanes are currently trending in the right direction. As of this writing, they have 64 points, which puts them just one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The team’s record is actually equally impressive at this point in the season. The team is currently 29-22-6 and should they keep playing like they are playing now, that record will end up being even better, come the end of the regular season.

The first reason why the team is in the thick of things in the East is because of the way they have played in their last ten games. Their record during those ten games was 7-2-1 and because of it, they are knocking on the East’s playoff door.

During this current stretch, they have beaten teams such as the Vegas Golden Knights, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and the Nashville Predators. Those are some solid hockey clubs in there that the Hurricanes were able to get two points out of.

The team is also playing well because of the system that Rod Brind’Amour, their head coach, put into place. The team has completely brought into it and because of it, they are seeing positive results.

The Hurricanes play fast, put a ton of pucks to the net, forecheck hard, win a lot of battles along the boards, and they play to the whistle. When it comes to their effort as a whole, that is something that should never be questioned.

The team is also getting terrific play out of their leading scorer Sebastian Aho. Aho, 21, currently leads the team with 64 points (24 goals and 40 assists) and is playing like an offensive veteran.

Aho has been spectacular for this hockey team all season long. He can put the puck in the net, he can dish it with the best of them, and he’s not afraid to be creative with the puck.

Lastly, this team has been getting good enough goaltending to win games. It may not always be pretty, but nevertheless, they have been winning more often than not lately.

Curtis McElhinney is still having a solid season. As of this writing, he is 14-6-1 with a 2.42 goals-against average, a .917 save percentage, and one shutout.

The team’s other netminder, Petr Mrazek has been decent. He is currently 12-12-3 with a 2.73 goals-against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts.

All in all, the Hurricanes have put themselves in a good position to be a part of the playoff conversation. Now, all they need to do is convert on their golden opportunity to do so.


Photo: ESPN.com

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