This is how the season has started for the hard-luck Hurricanes: Just days after losing defensive whiz and alternate captain Jordan Staal to a broken leg, Carolina now finds itself without captain Eric Staal (upper body).
That unfortunate development leaves first-round bust Riley Nash as the Hurricanes' new No. 1 center.
There's no telling when, or if, things will turn around in Carolina, but give the team full marks for good timing. If the Hurricanes keep this up there's a better chance that the No. 1 center they need might come gift wrapped for them in June in the form of a kid by the name of either McDavid or Eichel.