Carolina Hurricanes Report (December 30): Holidays a Winning Season for ‘Canes

December 30th, 2010 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »
The holidays were a cheerful time for the Carolina Hurricanes (17-15-4, ninth in the Eastern Conference) this time around. The 'Canes finished out their December 7-4-1 in total; excluding an uncharacteristic three-game losing streak, that record would have been an amazing 7-1-1.

They've won six of their last nine games, including a 5-1-0 record on the road, a category in which the Hurricanes were 2-13-4 on this day last season.

After being shut out in both of their first two home games of the season, Carolina hasn't been held scoreless in over two months, and has built on incredible Cam Ward performances to earn two shutouts of their own, both on the road, since then. The defense, and Ward, have also improved since allowing 4.33 goals per game in a twelve game stretch earlier in the year.

A season-high four-game winning streak with victories over St. Louis and Anaheim and third-period comeback wins over Florida and Atlanta that went on before Christmas was snapped by a poor Justin Peters effort in a 5-1 drubbing in Tampa Bay, and two more 3-2 losses to Montreal and Washington at the RBC Center put the 'Canes back int ...

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