The Hurricanes have found their groove this season. Unfortunately, that groove is hovering around the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. While it isn’t the best place to be in for a fan, there are certain things fans can do to handle the ups and downs of the living season.
There are 44 more games for the Hurricanes, roughly half the season. That’s spread over the next 4 months and hopefully more, but it’s that taste for more that has us screaming at the TV and grinding our teeth at night. Even with all of the fretting, there is a way to go about the rest of the season without ratcheting up your blood pressure.
I try to approach it this way: during a game I’m usually stressed out, vocal, and a roller coaster of emotions. However, once the game ends, I reassess expectations, take a deep breath, and look forward to the next game. Fans have the right to stress about every game, after all there is a reason why they play all 82. Even though every game and every point counts, I’m not going to go bananas over a shootout loss or win. In fact, I think freaking out like that makes me a worse fan.
When I’m stressed out by where my team is at I start to lose objectivity. Suddenly the refs all suck, the opposition are a bunch of cheaters, and Jay Harrison is playing worse than he actually is. It’s natural to look for answers but the reality is that sometimes things just aren’t working. We’d like to think the team has a cancerous tumor and we can just cut it out by trading a bad player, firing a coach, or getting new refs. Yet, the trials and tribulations of a hockey team are more like a rash; once you get it you try to cure it and hope it goes away sooner than later.
That’s why I’m not pulling my hair out that the Southeast is suddenly the tightest division in the league. I’m not losing sleep over the Hurricanes habit of winning every other game. I’m not grinding my teeth that the ‘Canes young talent isn’t quite experienced enough to produce on a night in/night out basis. I’m not punching the walls over backup Justin Peters’ solitary win in 5 starts. If I did I would need Rogaine, Ambien, a mouth guard, and a cast.
And the Hurricanes would still be on the bubble.
About the Author
Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney