Now in the top spot, roaring Hurricanes face Red Wings

The Carolina Hurricanes have moved into prime position going into the final weeks of the regular season.To keep that lofty status carrying the best record in the NHL, they need to keep it going. There’s a good chance of that Saturday night against the struggling Detroit Red Wings in Raleigh, N.C.”They dig in,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said of his players. “These guys have worked their butts off and that’s why we’re finding ways to win.”The Hurricanes won two games earlier this week against Florida, moving past the Panthers to the top of the Central Division standings. The Hurricanes moved to 27-9-3 on the season, matching the Toronto with 57 points, but Carolina has played one fewer game than have the Maple Leafs.The rise has come with contributions across the board. Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck share the team lead with 16 goals apiece — and they’ve both reached significant marks in recent games.Trocheck has a 12-game streak with at least one point. That includes seven goals during that span.”It’s not an accident,” Brind’Amour said. “He’s doing it right.”Aho notched the 300-point mark in his career with a goal Thursday night. That has come in 349 games — all with Carolina.The Hurricanes beat Florida on Thursday despite having only 22 shots on goal — one more than their fewest of the season.Detroit hasn’t found the groove despite glimpses of promise.”It’s an every-day league and you have to show up every day,” Detroit center Luke Glendening said.The Red Wings are 1-2-2 this month. Their most-recent result was a 7-1 loss Thursday night to Nashville.It’s difficult for the Red Wings to explain such defeats.”I thought we were moving in the right direction,” Glendening said. “I’m saying we still can’t move in the right direction.”

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