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RALEIGH, N.C. — Without time to make major adjustments, the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes go into their game on Sunday night knowing they have to stick the recent foundations they’ve built.
That could be the key when the teams collide at PNC Arena.
Both teams had games Saturday night, so whichever side makes the quickest recovery is bound to be in the best position.
“We have to use our speed and get some momentum,” Panthers defenseman Jason Demers said. “We have to play tight and then wait for our chances.”
The Hurricanes are coming off a 1-2 road trip in Canada. That trip ended with Saturday night’s 2-1 loss at Ottawa.
The Hurricanes were 4-1 during a homestand before that, resulting in the first sustained success of the season.
“We’re one of the fastest teams in the league when we (play the right way),” Carolina center Elias Lindholm said. “We need to keep building.”
In the meantime, the Panthers were at home and ended up with a 2-1 shootout victory over Columbus. That means Florida was forced to play some extended minutes in advance of what’s likely to be a grueling stretch and the Panthers decided against a morning skate the next morning.
Florida coach Gerard Gallant has been preaching the necessity to stick with the system that has at times served the Panthers well.
Sunday’s game is only the second part of a back-to-back set this season for the Hurricanes, who’ll have 14 more situations with games on consecutive days before the season concludes.
“You try to take bits and pieces from each game and try to learn from that,” Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk said.
Carolina coach Bill Peters