Don’t look now, but the Carolina Hurricanes have suddenly won five of their last six games.
They couldn’t – and didn’t – win a game in the month of October, and looked to be among the early frontrunners in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. To begin November, however, the Hurricanes went on a four-game winning streak, and even though that ended over the weekend, they picked up their recent winning ways to begin this week, defeating the Calgary Flames by a final score of 4-1 on Monday.
Jeff Skinner, 22, helped lead the way offensively for the Hurricanes. He scored career goal No. 100, giving Carolina a 3-1 lead just past the midway point of the second period, then added an assist in the third.
Elias Lindholm scored, on a power play, with 37.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 come from behind victory Friday night.
With the win, the ‘Canes have now won four straight after starting the season winless in their first eight games.
After Jeff Skinner opened the scoring at 2:43 of the middle period, Scott Hartnell scored a pair giving Columbus a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
Victor Rask tied the game with his second of the season at 11:51 of the final period before Lindholm picked up the winner in overtime.
Cam Ward made 31 saves to improve to 4-3-1 on the season while Curtis McElhinney dropped to 0-3-1 on the season.
Columbus has now failed to pick up a win in seven straight games.
Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner will make his season debut tonight in Winnipeg after missing four games with a concussion.
Carolina is the only team in the league that’s yet to win a game.
“I hope that I can help the guys get it done,” Skinner said, per NHL.com. “For me coming back, I’m just going to try to keep it simple. I think that as a team we’ve been getting better. Just keep building on the good things in our game and hopefully I can add to that. It’s a big game because it could be the start of a big road trip for us.”
The ‘Canes have actually managed to take their last two games to the shootout, losing to the Sabres and Rangers. And in addition to Skinner, they’ll also get Andrej Sekera back after the d-man crashed hard into the boards versus the Sabres and missed the Rangers game.
Carolina will still be without injured players Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer, and John-Michael Liles.
The ‘Canes’ opponents, the Jets, are also desperate for a win tonight, after four straight losses has put them in an early hole.