Raleigh, NC -- An annual quirk in the schedule forces the Carolina Hurricanes to hit the road for much of October, which is a grueling way to start a long, grinding season. But it also means the Canes get a bunch of home games on the flip side.
That time has arrived, now that the North Carolina State Fair has concluded, but the Canes got the home stand off to a rough start, falling in a shootout to the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Tuesday night at the RBC Center.
The importance of taking advantage of this stretch of contests is vital if the Canes are going to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. They just missed out the playoffs a year ago by falling in the season finale, and in looking back, there were many moments during the season in which Carolina could have changed the eventual outcome of its season.
Tuesday's loss, in which Carolina at least managed to get a point by virtue of the overtime, was particularly frustrating given its domination of the first peri...