RALEIGH, N.C. -- So what will Kirk Muller do now?
The Carolina Hurricanes' coach already made sweeping changes to his lines after losing the season-opener at Florida by four goals, and the result was a 4-1 home loss Monday night to the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena. So where do they go from here?
The narrative in the locker room was one of progress. While the final score may look rather unbecoming, the small steps forward during the 60 minutes on the ice had enough positives to build on, though veteran center Eric Staal pointed out one obvious missing ingredient.
"There were some good things in our game," Staal said. "But it seems a little bit where I think we need to get down and get gritty and compete a little bit more on pucks and one-on-one battles and being physical in the corners and make it difficult for teams to get to our net. Clean that up and we'll be fine."
The personnel is there for the Canes to be "fine" in time, but two games in and a combined deficit of 9-2 a...