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Carolina Hurricanes

Venue: PNC Arena | Coach: Bill Peters
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The Hurricanes went into the break on a little bit of a hot streak with six wins in their last 10 games. The All-Star audience got more of an introduction to defenseman Justin Faulk, who should be a cornerstone piece as Carolina looks to build up this roster.
The Hurricanes have won six of their last 10 games and are starting to show signs of life. They are still going to be a team to watch as sellers, but there's no sense in busting up their core group.
The Canes have won three of their last five and every once in a while show flashes of the team they could be. GM Ron Francis has to start weighing his options as a seller, though.
How glad are the Hurricanes that the Oilers exist? This has been a remarkably poor year in Carolina and they're actually only one point ahead for the Oilers for last place in the league. The draft couldn't come soon enough.
The Hurricanes got Jordan Staal back, but it is likely too little, too late. The best thing the Canes can hope for is a team that steadily improves over the course of the year to start building something for next season.
The Canes may get Jordan Staal back by the New Year. That will be a nice boost, but it probably won't make a ton of difference with the Hurricanes in the East basement by seven points.
As the teams that had previously accompanied the Hurricanes in the league basement start showing improvement, Carolina is keeping company with the Oilers. Rough go of late.
The Hurricanes have been close in a lot of games, but close doesn't fill the win column. The good news is Eric Staal wasn't seriously injured after being hit by a puck Sunday.
There's something to be said for not being in last place, but the Hurricanes are only one point clear of the basement currently.
Just barely out of the last-place discussion, the Hurricanes haven't been able to sustain much success this season. The goaltending is a real issue again with an .895 team save percentage.
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The better question to ask the Hurricanes these days is "Who's healthy?" The answer, you'll probably find, is "no one." Stars Eric and Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner are all on the shelf.
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