Hurricane Warning in Effect: What Turned The Hurricanes Season Around

Sterling EbyAnalyst IApril 3, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 18:  Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes reacts after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the RBC Center on March 18, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

With today's win over the New York Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes are in command in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina has won seven games in a row, 10 straight at home. They streaked in March going from ninth, all the way up to fourth.

Here's how it sums up in the past month for the Hurricanes.

Eric Staal has been red hot since the trade deadline hit. Since reuniting with Erik Cole on the first line, Staal has scored seven goals and recorded twelve assists in twelve games.

That is a pace of 130 points in a season.

I know he hasn't posted numbers like that in a season since the Hurricanes' Stanley Cup run in 2006, and I know his numbers are down this season, but Eric Staal is still a dangerous man.

The last time he was on a pace like this, the Hurricanes became Champions.

Ray Whitney is considered old in hockey age, but he is still tallying points; he leads the Hurricanes in the Points category.

Lately, he has been a passing machine. In his last 13 games he has 14 assists to go with his six goals.

Ray Whitney has shown why he wears the A on the team, as he has been a true leader as of late. He has been +12 since March first, and only had one minus game in all of March.

Beside the fact that he is 37, he is about to post another 70 point season. Out of everybody in the NHL over the age of 35, he is third in points; behind only Daniel Alfredsson and Slava Kozlov.

Anton Babchuk must have just finished his Wheaties at the end of February as he has turned up the A game, and stepped into Paul Maurice's system well.

Anton has eight goals in his last 17 games, including five powerplay goals and two game-winning goals. He is also +10 in that span.

The fact that Anton is on a pace that would have him scoring 38 goals in a season is amazing, but the question I have is where did this come from?

Last, but not least, is Cam Ward.

If there was an NHL award for Second Half Player of the Year, it would have to go to Cam Ward. Ward has been sensational, to say the least, in the Second Half.

Since March first he is 11-1-2, allowing 28 goals in those last 14 games; Ward has a .939 save percentage in that span.

Cam Ward is going for his third straight NHL player of the week award, plus he has made his 25th straight start.

What is it that this kid can't do?