Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/1/13

ST. LOUIS, MO. - SEPTEMBER 15: Anton Khudobin #35 of the Minnesota Wild defends against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on September 15, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Anton Khudobin (Photo credit: Fox Sports) Let’s talk about the reality of the Carolina Hurricanes coming out of Quebec City against the Montreal Canadiens on the 20th. The reality is that Carolina is not a strong team to be reckoned with by any means. Initially, head coach Kirk Muller was attesting most of the shots on goal and scores to the fact that the ‘Canes have a large amount of newer players to the team that need to adjust to the systems inherent in the NHL. Ignore the fact that they have sent down plenty of players for that very same reason, and the 28 player roster is looking incredibly weak. Ignore the fact that the team is still not complete for the regular season. Call me old fashioned, but I feel like it’s the wrong call to blame green players for the failure of a team. To me, that screams fear of being held responsible for such a devastating loss in preseason, and Muller seems to be consistently making passive aggressive shots at his own team. But, I digress. Honestly, hockey is hockey. Some numbers might be a little different between AHL and the NHL, and you’ve got a more competitive and seasoned regiment of players to contend with, but ultimately it’s the same game. I don’t care if you’re on a pond, or if you’re at the PNC arena. It’s hockey. You skate, you score, you fight when necessary. That’s the end of discussion, with only semantics to back up anything else. Now obviously, the next game against the Canadiens showed us that the Carolina Hurricanes agreed that enough was enough. They fired back with their first win of the pre-season against the same team that shut them out to a 6-0 loss, with a 3-1 victory. Respectable swing of events for sure, but I think the mainstay of the game that earned the credit was Anton Khudobin with a whopping 41 saves. Comparatively, I think that almost qualifies him for the title of “good player,” which is something that the Carolina Hurricanes sorely need more of at this point. Given that Jeff Skinner will make the regular season (his preseason has been sidelined by injury) they should see some improvements as the season gets rolling regardless of their fluctuating green roster. Follow isportsweb on twitter Muller also stated that the team needs to play it’s own style and be sure about their game, with their Montreal game being a testament to that being the case. Do I agree? No. Why? Because the Carolina Hurricanes have a history of being a fairly fluid team with an adjustment style that matches their competition. Hopefully, with the start of the season on the horizon, this holds true and we’re able to see the team play in its’ absolute best niche: flowing with their competition in order to find a great, stable game  to carry them through to victory.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Tulo hits first home run with Blue Jays

NFLPA officially files Brady lawsuit, wants QB to play Week 1

Mariota’s lack of red flags was a concern for NFL teams

Tigers are officially “rebooting”

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell amid Deflategate controversy

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brady, agent contacted AT&T in attempt to retrieve deleted texts

Report: Chancellor 'strongly considering a camp holdout'

Colts become favorites to win AFC with Brady suspended

Dodgers reportedly acquire Mat Latos and Michael Morse

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Troy Tulowitzki felt 'blindsided' by trade to Blue Jays

Report: Mets acquire Carlos Gomez from the Brewers

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Mike Leach compares Deflategate to Kardashians

All Panthers home games will also be broadcast in Spanish

Report: Rangers are front-runner for Cole Hamels

Giants owner calls Pierre-Paul debacle ‘very disappointing’

Panthers WR cited for marijuana paraphernalia, had child in car

Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic details announced

Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez: Twin trade chips

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Canseco will live as a woman to support Caitlyn Jenner

Giants owner says nobody from team has seen JPP's hand

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker