The Hurricanes have nine games remaining and it's time to start considering when they might be eliminated from playoff contention unless there's an incredible sprint to the finish.
"We have a bunch of guys now who are just scratching and clawing," coach Kirk Muller said. "They've adjusted and they're playing for each other. It's all sacrifice to try to win."
The Hurricanes hold a three-game winning streak after Sunday night's 4-3 victory at Winnipeg.
The work ethic has been consistent during the past month and that's something that has been a foundation under Muller, who has been in his role for less than four months.
"We're playing well. We've been in a playoff mode for a long time now," captain Eric Staal said, pointing out the level of desperation confronting the team. "We're playing well now. As a team and as a group, we're working our butts off."
With a limited number of chances remaining to make a move, the Hurricanes face a crucial assignment Wednesday night at home agai...