The Carolina Hurricanes have returned home and will most likely need to catch their breath. Even though it was only a two-game road trip, a lot has happened that might impact their postseason prospects.
Max Domi stated:
“Games are only becoming tougher now.”
When the Winnipeg Jets visit Raleigh on Thursday night for a game, the Carolina Hurricanes (49-20-8, 106 points) might learn more about how it all works together.
The Jets (35-31-11, 81 points) are assisting in laying the groundwork for the Metropolitan Division’s final stretch. They were defeated 3-0 by the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The Carolina Hurricanes and Rangers are neck-and-neck for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Colorado Avalanche and then won the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night to finish the trip with a 2-2 record. Colorado has the greatest record in the NHL, while Arizona has the worst.
The Carolina Hurricanes ended the game against Colorado without goalkeeper Frederik Andersen and captain Jordan Staal. Because of a lower-body injury, Andersen’s status is unknown, while Staal took a big hit but appears to be on the mend, possibly in time for Thursday’s game.
Staal’s line has always featured Neiderreiter and Jesper Fast. And the two looked to get along with Max Domi as well.
“You know what you’re going to get with those two players,” Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said.
Domi contributed by scoring for the first time since being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on March 21.
Carolina Hurricanes critical game
The Jets are coming to the end of a six-game road trip that started with two wins. And ended with 16-5 losses to playoff-bound Florida, Tampa Bay, and the Rangers.
Winnipeg winger Pierre-Luc Dubois said:
“Winning games is the fun part of hockey,”
“Noting that the Jets are having difficulty establishing the tone at their preferred tempo. “There are certain evenings when it feels like we’re catching up.”
Jets interim coach Dave Lowry says there have been positives, pointing out good stretches against the Rangers. Because of an illness unrelated to COVID-19, Winnipeg’s best goalkeeper, Connor Hellebuyck, was unable to play in New York. Mikhail Berdin was called up from Manitoba to serve as Eric Comrie’s backup.
The Jets’ trip to Carolina Hurricanes takes on a different tone than it would have a few months ago. Before Paul Maurice stepped down as coach in late December. With two stints in command of the Carolina Panthers. He holds the record for most coaching wins in the franchise’s history.