Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Some teams were bound to have hiccups with the abbreviated NHL season starting after only one week of training camp. In the case of the Carolina Hurricanes, they might have been holding their breath to try to find a cure for what ailed them after their first two games. They lost that pair of games by a combined 9-2 score and while that might have given them cause for despair, the Hurricanes now appear to have hit their stride, winning their fourth out of their last six on Monday with a 4-1 victory at Toronto. With eight points in eight games, they currently possess the Eastern Conferences eighth and final playoff spot and in a mediocre Southeast Division, they have a shot to make their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since going all the way to the conference finals in 2009. In Mondays win, the formula was seemingly as general manager Jim Rutherford envisioned it when he made a series of big offseason moves. Jordan Staal earned his first goal as a Hurricane and big b...
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