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As they move into the second half of the season, the Hurricanes schedule avoids long road trips until the middle of March. During that time they hit their second longest road trip of the season with a five game trip that features three playoff teams from a year ago. Really the Hurricanes schedule does not provide many home games towards the end of the year. They do not have a home stand longer than two games in the last couple of months in the season. Their competition is not the stiffest compared to other teams around the league but they did not get the benefit of home ice as often as they would like. Overall, it is hard to the Hurricanes making much of a jump next season. They are lacking in talent and will most likely struggle to creep out of the bottom part of the eastern conference. The Hurricanes schedule also does not do them many favors when it comes to picking up victories or going on winning streaks. They are a team that will need to make some more moves in order to become a playoff contender in the future. A good goal for the Hurricanes this upcoming season would be improving their play on the road. They have a few tough road trips in their schedule that could help build some character and momentum as they go through the season. If they can find some success early on they may be able to surprise a few people and move up in the standings.
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