With a roster loaded with veterans, loaded with experience, added-to at the deadline for a playoff run... The Carolina Hurricanes are hear-by vanquished to the land of one-hit-wonders.
Yes, that's right, by way of Tampa Bay's victory over the Canes tonight (and coupled with the victory by the Montreal Canadiens). the defending Stanley Cup Champions are eliminated from playoff contention. The best the Hurricanes can manage is 90 points, the same point total as Les Habitantes who own the tie breaker with more victories.
And the Lightning? They currently stand one point behind Atlanta for the division title (while Atlanta has one game in-hand).