Three games into the 2011-2012 NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes are still searching for their first victory.
The team swore revenge on the Tampa Bay Lightning in their season opener after the Bolts knocked the Hurricanes out of a playoff berth on the final day of last season, and with a sellout crowd of 18,680 behind them at the RBC Center, that seemed a likely outcome.
Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 1.
It was off to Washington D.C. the next day, where the team would start fresh with Brian Boucher in goal and get the competitive juices flowing against the rivaling Washington Capitals.
Washington 4, Carolina 3.
Then there was the Columbus Day battle against the New Jersey Devils at The Rock, where the 'Canes have had fond memories of crucial victory after crucial victory.
New Jersey 4, Carolina 2.
Now standing at 0-2-1, despite having played the most games in the NHL, the Hurricanes have no one to blame but themselves. They've showed some decent stretches, but also killed their chances with timely stupid mistakes, ridiculous penalties and woeful breakdowns.
Who will pay the price? We'll have to wait and see. But, for now, the 'Canes must simply change things up in a major way to recover and begin to find success throughout the rest of their brutal October schedule.
They'll need to focus on four modifications in particular if this club really wants to save their '11-'12 season. And they'll have to implement them now.