Tuesday night might be a turning point in the season for the Carolina Hurricanes. Lose in Detroit against the Red Wings, and their season could snowball into something much worse. Having said that, the Hurricanes are coming off one of their best wins in a while, as they smashed the Penguins by a score of 6-2 on Sunday. The Hurricanes were on a four-game losing streak, and lost five of six games before beating the Islanders and then the Penguins.
If they follow wins like that up with a discouraging performance against the Red Wings, the Hurricanes aren’t going to be taken too seriously. Yes, the Lightning beat the Bruins and then lost to Detroit on Sunday. However, the Lightning are not in a tight spot and don’t have to fight to get into the playoffs.
On the other hand, the Hurricanes are tied with the Islanders for the final wildcard in the Eastern Conference. There’s also the Panthers who are only a point behind them, so there isn’t much time left to be throwing away points against a team like the Red Wings. The Lightning, though, they’re still in a good spot at 43-20-6. Catching the Bruins isn’t as important as the Hurricanes getting into the playoffs.
In other words, the Hurricanes must have a better mindset than the Lightning did on Sunday. If the Lightning give their all in that game then it’s likely not even close. The Lightning have too much talent over the Red Wings and it’s probably a blowout if they cared a day after beating Boston at TD Garden. So, yes the Hurricanes must take the Red Wings seriously and treat them like they’re a playoff contender. The Canes were able to do that against the Penguins and it resulted in a 6-2 win.
Morgan Geekie potted 2 goals in his NHL debut, and 24-year-old Alex Nedeljkovic, who didn’t expected to be playing in the NHL this season, was sharp with 2 goals against on 30 shots. The Hurricanes have been without James Reimer and Petr Mrazek since the Zamboni driver game against the Maple Leafs, but there’s a chance we could see Mrazek tonight. If it’s Mrazek, it will be a homecoming for him against the Red Wings. That should provide an extra incentive to play well. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Red Wings pick.
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The Hurricanes went on a four-game losing streak after beating the Maple Leafs with Reimer and Mrazek both getting injured. It would be easy to blame the goaltending, but it’s not like the offence was excellent, either. They stopped playing and didn’t provide much help with goal support to Anton Forsberg and Nedeljkovic in net. Finally against the Penguins the Hurricanes exploded for 6 goals on Tristan Jarry. The offence should be able to find room to operate against the Red Wings’ defence on Tuesday night.
Detroit is 31st in the league with 3.71 goals against per game. There isn’t another team that comes close to that level of ineffectiveness. The Senators are 30th with 3.33 goals against, so there isn’t any question who has been the worst team in their own defensive zone in 2019-20. Mrazek, if he does in fact play, should expect to see plenty of support from his offence in this one. The Hurricanes only need a goal in their most recent meeting, as they defeated the Red Wings by a score of 2-0 in November. Two meetings ago, the Hurricanes’ offence really came out to pummel the Red Wings, scoring 7 goals in a 7-3 romp.
The Red Wings have been just as bad offensively, and I think after they had a rare offensive party against the Lightning on Sunday, they are going to come back down to earth hard tonight. They’ve scored an average of only 2 goals per game on the year, which is again, easily the worst unit in hockey. The Kings are 30th with 2.52 goals a game.
Despite scoring 5 goals against the Bolts, the Red Wings have still scored only 2 a game in their last ten outings. They scored 2 or fewer goals in six out of seven games before getting some of their frustration out against Tampa. Carolina hasn’t had issues winning in Detroit, as they’re 5-2 in their last seven trips to the Motor City. If the Hurricanes use the Lightning as an example and avoid an effort like that, they’ll be fine tonight against the Red Wings. They should play well enough in this one to get the win and regulation.