Storm Watch: What The Carolina Hurricanes Must Do This Season

August 8th, 2010 by Tyler Hobbs Leave a reply »
After a disappointing regular season in which the Carolina Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, many aspects of their game need to improve if the Southeast Division runner-up from two years ago are to make the playoffs this coming campaign.  For a team that made the playoffs only twice in the last seven seasons, the chances are still good for them to clinch a playoff birth next year, as they traded away many players who were not helping them on the ice.  However, they need to adhere to some aspects of hockey, look at last season's facts and stay healthy in order to win games.

Score First, Score Often

The Hurricanes were stifled offensively in many games last season and were shutout seven times.  Only Jussi Jokinen scored more than 30 goals in 2009-10 and only three players had between 20 and 29 goals.  Eric Staal will be under the most pressure to score goals, as the captain only scored 29 goals in 70 games last season compared to 40 goals in 82 games the year before. 

The 'Canes were also stifled as a whole early on in the season and scored only 102 goals in ...

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