Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller has used the phrase often in recent weeks as the losses mounted.

“I know I sound like a broken record ...” he said.

But there’s no other way to put it. The Hurricanes are in such a deep slump that the losses – 13 in the past 14 games, and eight straight at home – seem to blend together. Many have unfolded in the same ways, leaving Muller to repeat himself.

It has also been reminiscent of the Canes’ past losing streaks and slumps.

In December and January of the 2002-2003 season, the Hurricanes dropped seven consecutive home games. That was the franchise record until Tuesday, when the Canes dropped their eighth in a row in a 5-3 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Early in the 2009-2010 season, the Hurricanes went through a 14-game winless streak that tied a franchise mark. They picked up four points with two overtime losses and two shootout losses (0-10-4) while this year’s slide (1-12-1) has produced just three points.

Goaltender Cam Ward was injured during the 14-game streak in 2009, cutting his leg in a road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ward suffered a third-degree knee sprain on March 3 of this year, a few games before the recent 14-game skid began.