The Carolina Hurricanes can’t score to save themselves.
That was evident again Monday night against the Boston Bruins. Trailing 2-1, they have an extended 5-on-3 power play. They did not score while managing just one shot, by Chris Terry with just one second left in the two-man advantage.
The Hurricanes went on to lose 4-1, getting only an accidental goal from Tuomo Ruutu. They really missed injured forwards Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner, since coach Kirk Muller had to start Ruutu and Drayson Bowman with top center Eric Staal.
Talking about wasting an elite talent . . .
The good news: Skinner is close to returning. He went through the morning skate but sat out another game
The bad news: Semin, injured Saturday night in St. Louis, may be out a while. Muller declined to offer detail on his injury while further tests were pending. That is never a good sign.
Carolina has just eight victories in 21 games. Fortunately they play in the Eastern Conference, where it is difficult to fall completely out of the playoff race.
But the Hurricanes could die out by the Olympic break if they don’t fix this offense.