Captain Jordan Staal says the Carolina Hurricanes must find an answer to their road form if they are to enjoy continued success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Hurricanes, 6/1 to win the Stanley Cup, won the first two games of their Eastern Conferenced Second Round match up against the New York Rangers at home, but then lost two away including a 4-1 defeat in Game 4 on Tuesday which ties the series 2-2.
Carolina may still progress to the conference final, but if they are to do that, Staal knows they need to improve an unwanted record of becoming the third NHL team in history to lose their first five road games in a playoff campaign.
Despite that, and helped by a 6-0 home record in the playoffs, Carolina were able to overcome the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round.
To add to their challenge, the Rangers have been strong at home through the playoffs winning five straight, tying their team record.
Staal, a former draftee and Stanley Cup Champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, is now in his tenth season with the Hurricanes. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in 11 post-season games.
The 33-year-old had 36 points in the regular season (17 goals, 19 assists) in 78 games helping Carolina win the Metropolitan Division (54-20-8) and finish six points ahead of the Rangers.
The Hurricanes were 25-12-4 on the road in the regular season and 29-8-4 at home. The Rangers (52-24-6) were 27-10-4 at home and 25-14-2 away.
Carolina hold home advantage if the series were to go to a Game 7.
Staal said to the media after Game 4: "We obviously wanted to come here and win some games. Disappointing effort obviously, especially today but we'll have to regroup tomorrow, figure out what we're doing wrong and have a better effort and go win one at home."