Carolina saw its losing streak reach five games after a 5-1 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Hurricanes coach Bill Peters sees hope though, despite his team's 8-18-3 record.
"Obviously we didn't like our effort in Philadelphia," Peters said after Carolina's morning skate. "We've probably had two or three like that this year where we've been disappointed with ourselves, but other than that we've played well and it's been a one-goal game with five minutes to go one way or the other just about every night, so you're in every game and you've got to find a way to make that one more play to make a difference."
Hurricanes center Jay McClement and defenseman John-Michael Liles are game-time decisions because of illness. Peters said neither player is at risk of the mumps, which have sidelined a number of NHL players this season, including Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
"It's obviously a scare for everybody in the League, but that's not the issue," said Peters, who will dress seven defensemen and play one as a forward if both McClement and Liles are unable to play.