Biggest Takeaways from Carolina Hurricanes' Start to the 2013-14 Season

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Biggest Takeaways from Carolina Hurricanes' Start to the 2013-14 Season
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Only three games into the 2013-14 NHL season, the inevitable turbulence of the coming Carolina Hurricanes campaign has already risen to the surface.

Through one fantastic game, one inconsistent game and one poor game, the ‘Canes offense and defense have each received passing, yet far from Ivy League-caliber, grades.

The highly touted first line has mysteriously disappeared, but a few unlikely candidates have stepped up to keep the offense afloat. The inexperienced defense stood strong through the opening homestand, then crashed back to ugly old habits in Pittsburgh.

As a testing stretch of four games in six days begins on Thursday, what key takeaways can be drawn from the first three matches of the Hurricanes’ season?

A breakdown of four crucial points fall on the coming slides.

 

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