About a month into the season and the Carolina Hurricanes continue to receive widespread contributions.
The list of key contributors keeps growing.
The objective will be to keep that going when the Hurricanes take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night at Las Vegas.
“You’re striving to keep going and making sure you’re getting points, even if it’s a tie and an overtime loss, you’re still getting points on the board,” Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith said.
With 11 wins in 13 games, Carolina has been consistent.
The Golden Knights have won three straight games to open a six-game homestand and have won five of their last six games overall.
The latest success for Vegas came in a 7-4 game with Vancouver.
“When you’re on a winning end of a game like that, it’s fun,” Vegas goalie Robin Lehner said.
The Hurricanes tend to enjoy a fast pace as well. But Vegas might not be comfortable playing a wide-open style, even if it has worked out at times.
“Good teams find a way to win and right now that’s what we’re doing,” Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault said. “We’re just working hard, and everyone is on the same page.”
Marchessault said the Golden Knights still take pride in a style that leans toward stingy defense. They’ve gotten it done offensively, posting three or more goals in six of their eight home games.
Evgenii Dadonov has three goals across the last three games.
“I think he’s been getting better and better,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think like all goal scorers he’s a streaky guy and they come in bunches. He’s feeling pretty good. When I look back over the first dozen games, he could easily have three or four more.”
In Saturday night’s 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues, Carolina defensemen Brady Skjei and Smith both scored their first goals of the season. That was combined with a solid outing from goalie Alex Lyon, who was making his Carolina debut.
So role players have turned out to be crucial already for the Hurricanes.
“Every team goes through it,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Hockey is interesting that way. You can certainly do that, not long term, but for short term you can grind it out with the guys.”
Like defenseman Tony DeAngelo earlier this season, Smith’s first goal with the Carolina organization served as a game-winning goal.
Andrei Svechnikov has at least one point in 11 of Carolina’s 13 games this season.
Golden Knights captain Mark Stone played in just his third game of the season Saturday night. It will take time for him to round back into form.
“Just having our captain back is great,” Lehner said.
Tuesday begins a six-game road trip for the Hurricanes, who’ll go more than two weeks between home games. Carolina will play every other day on the trip, so that could set up well for Frederik Andersen to receive most of the starting goaltending assignments.
The Hurricanes sent Lyon back to Chicago of the American Hockey League a day after he stopped 27 of 29 shots against the Blues.
–Field Level Media