Raleigh, NC --- One of the reasons the Carolina Hurricanes made a coaching change earlier this week was to lighten the mood in the team's locker room by taking some pressure off of the players.
In addition, new coach Kirk Muller's message was for the team to have fun. But losing isn't fun. And even with Paul Maurice gone and Muller calling the shots, the results haven't changed.
Carolina lost again Thursday night, this time 5-3 to the New York Rangers at the RBC Center. Losing to the Rangers is certainly forgivable. They are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and entered as perhaps the hottest team in the NHL.
But a loss is a loss, and Muller and the Hurricanes need a victory in a bad way. But they also appear to realize the reality they are facing.
"We have to keep chipping away at it," Jeff Skinner said. "It's not going to change overnight."
The Hurricanes are now 0-2 under Muller with the other loss coming against Southeast Division-leading Florida. But there'...