Highs and Lows from Carolina Hurricanes' 2013-14 Season at Olympic Break

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Highs and Lows from Carolina Hurricanes' 2013-14 Season at Olympic Break
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Fifty-seven games into the 2013-14 NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes sport 26 wins and 31 losses on the board and a three-point deficit beneath a highly competitive playoff bubble.

After a two-week break during the 2014 Winter Olympics to heal wounds, gather thoughts and prepare for the stretch run, the 'Canes will have to translate a plethora of learned lessons into ultimate success in the campaign's final 25 regular-season contests.

The first 129 of the season have produced quite the roller-coaster ride for the Hurricanes. A five-game losing streak in late October and a four-game skid in late November counterbalanced a five-game point streak in early November and five- and five-game winning streaks in January.

The season has provided its' share of dramatic moments, both positiveNathan Gerbe's through-the-legs goal in Philadelphia or Alex Semin's thrilling overtime game-winner on New Year's Eve—and negativeHenrik Zetterberg's game-tying goal with 16.7 seconds left in the home opener or Paul Byron's overtime winner with 3.6 seconds left in Calgary.

From a larger perspective than individual goals, however, what has gone wrong and what has gone right in the Hurricanes' campaign to date? A breakdown of four lows and four highs from 2013-14 so far fall on the coming slides.

 

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