The Carolina Hurricanes failed to take advantage of a tired Philadelphia Flyers team. The Flyers came into PNC Arena on short rest after losing to the Pittsburg Penguins the night before. Coming off their best team effort of the season against the Rangers, the Hurricanes were looking to put together back to back wins and build some momentum early in this season.
In a back and forth game, where every inch had to be fought for, turnovers would sink the Canes. The Flyers’ Brandon Manning would score the short handed winner to make the game 4-3.
Whether it be a lapse in the defense, or shaky goaltending, the Hurricanes have struggled to find consistency so far this season. Offensively the Canes have been much improved, scoring atleast three goals in six of their eight games so far this season. That is a great sign so far, now the team just needs to tighten up defensively to make those three goals worth something in every game.
Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask continue to shine for the Canes. Skinner, with his 5th goal and 6th assist, now sits one point behind the league leading Connor McDavid and Claude Giroux. Victor Rask assisted on Skinner’s goal to extend his point streak to 8 games to start the season. This puts him at 10 points and one game closer to Ron Francis’ franchise record of an 11 game point streak to start a season.
Rask now with points in all eight games to start the season. Only Ron Francis (11 games) has been better in franchise history,
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) October 30, 2016
The Hurricanes will have a day off for Halloween before traveling to Ottawa for their first meeting with the Senators this season. Watch for Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask to continue their hot start. The Canes will likely go back to Eddie Lack in net, in hopes of finding some goaltending consistency.