Thursday, December 28, 2006

To be the man... have to beat the man
The games of tonight and tomorrow night will be big tests for a Hurricanes club seeking to defend their Stanley Cup championship. Two nights of testing for a club with night-to-night consistency issues and a banged up defense.

I think the next two nights will be broken down in great detail by Hurricanes brass as we head towards the trade deadline. The Hurricanes pulled the trigger on the Doug Weight deal at the end of January last season. Obviously, a no-name defense worked out great for the Hurricanes last season. This year's blueline crew remains a squad of no-names, but the veterans are a bit slower and grayer and neither of the two nuggets who are scarfing up ice time are playoff-tested. I think if JR makes a decisive move prior to the deadline, it will be for a stud defenseman who's name is not Derek Morris.

The Hurricanes have put together a solid five-game winning streak, but they've gained no ground on the Thrashers who have also put together a five-game streak. The Eastern Conference is very tight this season, and only the Flyers seem to be out of the race (sweet twist of fate, eh?).

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