Where Are The Carolina Hurricanes? Obviously, Not Here

Mitch MathisContributor INovember 17, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21:  Chad LaRose #59 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Islanders on October 21, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles won the game 4-3 after a shoot out.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Hurricanes are not having a good start to the season sitting at 3-14-3 and in 30th place.

One reason is because Chad LaRose, a huge part of their playoff run and a spark off the bench, is not producing along with the third and fourth lines.  LaRose has no goals this season as he sits at right wing.

Another reason for our bad start is that our defense is awful this season.  While getting what we thought was going to be a good addition to our team, Aaron Ward is not playing as expected.

Kostopoulus, an offseason addition from Montreal, and Cullen, a big spark off the bench last season, are not playing very good this season.

Our special teams is also a big hole needed to be filled in our awful start to this season.  We cannot stop anyone when they get a power play and we cannot score when we get one. 

We also lost Cam Ward last week as he got a thigh muscle tear, which is going to be a big price for our success. 

With all this negative, though, there is some positive.  Last weekend the team went 1-0-1, which is included first win since October 9.

Also, Ray Whitney has a three game goal streak that he hopes to extend tonight versus Montreal.

Tonight against Montreal is a very important game.  If the Hurricanes win they will be up to 2-0-1 in the past week, which will give them some momentum heading back to Raleigh vs. the Maple Leafs on Saturday.