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Apr 9, 2013, 11:04 AM EST

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The Carolina Hurricanes lost again last night, falling 6-2 to the Bruins in Boston.

The loss was Carolina’s 11th regulation loss in its last 13 games. In those regulation losses, the ‘Canes have been outscored 49-16 — a negative goal differential of 33.

But hey, at least they beat Winnipeg once during that stretch.

Even worse for Carolina fans, the Hurricanes were once looking looking like a sure bet to make the playoffs. On March 12, not even a month ago, Sports Club Stats had their postseason chances at 94.0%. But those chances are down to 1.5% today.

Goaltending has been the biggest issue for Carolina. When starter Cam Ward went down with an MCL sprain in early March, it left Dan Ellis and Justin Peters to share the duties. Clearly, neither has been up to the task.

Which begs the question: Should ‘Canes general manager Jim Rutherford have tried harder to address the goaltending prior to the trade deadline? Not talking about Roberto Luongo, but maybe a call to Edmonton about Nikolai Khabibulin?

Chances are, Rutherford did explore the rental goalie market. And to be fair, there wasn’t a whole lot available. Remember that the Oilers are in a playoff race, too. They weren’t going to just give away their veteran backup.

In addition to Ward’s absence, Carolina can also point to the injury to defenseman Justin Faulk, who went down on March 19 and hasn’t played since.

“When you lose your number one goalie and your top defenseman,” coach Kirk Muller said recently, “it’s a bit of a challenge.”

Still, the losses are too bad to attribute solely to injuries, no matter how key the players. Every team deals with injuries. Not all of them completely implode.

Carolina hosts Pittsburgh tonight.

Related: ‘Canes GM Rutherford ‘about as frustrated as you can get’

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I knew losing Cam Ward would derail this team. I’m just curious that a Power Play with Bros. Staal, Semin, and Skinner can be LAST in the league.

    • nunan - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Did Semin play last night…I totally forgot about him. Not to be a wise guy, I didn’t even hear his name though…As for the PP, personnel doesn’t always make it work. The Bs have had an atrocious PP ever since Savard went down. On paper, they should be pretty good but they’re not.

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Carolina better get used to that.

      • rogersjd16 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        But don’t worry, Tyler Seguin who leads the team in shots and any sort of self-creation with the puck sits on the bench while Rich Peverley gets ice time on PPs. Seguin doesn’t see a second of that final PP in Montreal up 2 men when they don’t even get a shot ATTEMPT, let alone one on goal. As Edwards put it, “impotent power play”.

    • bmscalise - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Well- J. Staal, for all of his attributes as a hockey player, has never been a PP guy and probably never will be. He never cracked the Pens top PP, at least when the team was remotely healthy, despite it being quite bad the previous 2-3 seasons.

      Honestly, I’m not sure where Jordan would fit on a PP. He’s never been much of a net-front presence, regardless of how big he is. And he doesn’t have any kind of a one-timer. He has a really dangerous shot off the rush – but not so much otherwise.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Flyers have a top-5 PP and a top-10 PK and are still close to Carolina in the standings. So even if the Canes had a lethal PP they’d probably be in the same position. The common denominator for the Eastern conference teams outside the playoff picture has to be Goaltending. NJ lost Brodeur and the team just collapsed and looked horrendous. Pavelec has been extremely inconsistent once again in Winnipeg. Ryan Miller has been a shell of himself (for the most part) in Buffalo. Bryz needs no explanation in Philly. Cam Ward was the backbone in Carolina, and without him they seem to play like an AHL team. Tampa Bay struggled all season with Lindback in (Bishop is prob better). And Florida had Theodore and Clemmensen sharing duties before Markstrom took over, but that’s still a rookie in net. As if people didn’t already know this: Goaltending is the key.

  2. withseidelinn - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Rutherford will regret that untradeable $35m contract with Semin.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      The team isn’t very good regardless, but a 7 year commitment on such a small sample size just is not logical.

  3. gregman98 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    The Canes have a perfect record against the Pens since J. Stall joined the team.

    With the Pens having injury issues of their own, I wonder if tonight’s game will be a “breeze” for them…

    • bmscalise - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      I don’t disagree entirely: the Pens played terribly against the Canes the one time they saw them.

      But the Pens real issue right now is scoring without their 2 best puck-moving d-men – plus Sid and Neal. And they’ve come up against some strong goalie play the last couple of weeks – Lundqvist, Miller, Price, even Nabokov. Going against a lesser goalie, the Pens might actually be able to pot 2 or 3 and make Flower’s life a little easier.

    • neilbarne - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Your right…1-0 in one of the pens worst games of the year…probably not the most sound hypothesis

      To this articles statement, ok, so the canes lost their goalie and top defenseman. The pens went on a long win streak without Malkin and Letang for most of it and are playing without Crosby, Letang, Martin and Neal right now…its part of playing hockey. You have injuries to important players. The best teams say next man up and go out and win anyway. Thats why the pens are winning and will be in the playoffs and the canes will be scheduling tee times in 3 weeks.

  4. rockthered1286 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I recall an article a month ago where Canes fans referred to the caps as stupid for letting Semin go and how much better he is now than Ovi… Meanwhile the Caps move into the top spot in the SE conference and Ovi is tied with Stamkos for most goals in the league. So there’s that.

    • obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Yeah, it’s funny how that works.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Yes, I remember that article. It was after the Caps lost the first of a home & home with Carolina and proceeded to beat the ‘Canes in Raleigh. Since that time the Caps and Canes have drastically gone in different directions. Looking forward to the game in Montreal tonight. Go Caps!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Yes that was when Ovi was a completely washed-up, shell of himself. He was no longer elite, blah, blah, blah. I’d say most now understand not to write off a player of Ovechkins ability just because of a few subpar seasons. I, for one, am glad that The Great 8 is looking like the 60-goal scorer of old. It’s good for the game.

  5. tfaltin - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    This team really had me buying in. They started well last night, and should’ve had at least one but Rask made some great saves. Then as soon as that first one went in for the B’s, all of the confidence was just gone. The impact Cam Ward’s injury has had makes me fear for what the Rangers would be without Hank for a few weeks. I still think the Canes are closer now than they were last season, but what they need in free agency is some veteran D’s who can clear the crease. It was pathetic how easy it was for Boston to crash and cash.

  6. scalfor3 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Peters looked helpless out there last night. Marchand’s first goal was the result of the worst goaltending I’ve seen all year.

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