Tracking the Storm

Familiar Territory and Reality

Saturday, 04.6.2013 / 12:45 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Familiar Territory and Reality
As a player, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller has been here before.

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Muller’s 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens team posted a 48-30-6 record, but they finished the regular season winning just two of their last seven games.

Entering the playoffs with momentum stalled, the Canadiens dropped the first two games of the opening round to the Quebec Nordiques. The team had slid into a rut at the worst possible time.

Back in Montreal for Game 3, the Habs pulled out what would be their first of 10 consecutive overtime victories in the 1993 postseason.

And all it took was a bounce.

Vincent Damphousse’s pivotal overtime winner slipped past Ron Hextall after redirecting off a Quebec defenseman’s skate.

Montreal would go on to lose just two games – in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Islanders and in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings – en route to capturing their 24th Stanley Cup in franchise history. In a 4-1 victory in the deciding Game 5, Muller potted the Cup-clinching goal.

Maybe all the Hurricanes need is a similar bounce.

In the Canes’ locker room on Friday, goaltender Dan Ellis took an eraser to the Eastern Conference standings white board that hangs at the front of the room. He left just four teams: Washington (38 points, 37 games played), New York Rangers (40 points, 37 games played), Winnipeg (38 points, 39 games played) and Carolina (34 points, 36 games played).

Scribbled at the top of the board: “Reality!”



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72