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Previewing the East: Carolina

Canes hope new management team will bring more wins, first playoff berth in five years

Thursday, 08.7.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: Carolina
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the Carolina Hurricanes:

CAROLINA HURRICANES
Coach: Bill Peters

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
Last Year: 36-35-11, 83 points (13th in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Hurricanes:
2-1-0
5-on-5 Goals:
138 (13th in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency:
41-for-281, 14.6 percent (14th in Eastern Conference)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Eric Staal c 29 42 79 21 40 61 3 0 2 2
Jeff Skinner LW 22 67 71 33 21 54 3 0 1 1
Andrej Sekera D 28 119 74 11 33 44 2 2 0 2
Alexander Semin RW 30 135 65 22 20 42 1 0 0 0
Jordan Staal C 25 155 82 15 25 40 3 0 1 1
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Anton Khudobin 28 25 36 19 14 1 2.30 .926
vs. Red Wings
0 0 0 0 0.00 .000






2014-15 OUTLOOK

Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Dec. 7 (at CAR); Apr. 7 (at DET); Apr. 11 (at CAR).

ARRIVALS:  Forwards Ben Holmstrom, Jay McClement, Brad Malone; defenseman Tim Gleason; and goalie Drew MacIntyre.

DEPARTURES:  Forwards Brett Sutter, Manny Malhotra and Radek Dvorak; defensemen Joni Pitkanen, Mike Komisarek, Matt Corrente and Brett Bellemore; and goalie Justin Peters.

Sekera
PLAYER TO WATCH: Defenseman Andrej Sekera is coming off a career year when he produced personal bests for goals (11), assists (33), points (44) and power-play goals (4). The 28-year-old blue liner is a confident puck mover. But the Canes need more offensive help from the D-men, particularly on the power play. Sekera stepped up in that area last season. No other Canes defenseman had more power-play points (15) than Sekera, but he’ll be asked to do more this season.

SEASON SCOPE: The Hurricanes finished 13th last season in the Eastern Conference standings, the fifth straight campaign they’ve missed the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Canes’ power play took another step backwards. New head coach Bill Peters pointed out to HNIC's Elliotte Friedman that the Canes had 70 more minutes of power-play time than the penalty kill (third-best in the NHL), but still ranked 28th overall with the man-advantage. Perhaps the new management team, led by GM Rob Francis, and a new system implemented by Peters, a former Red Wings' assistant coach, will result in more wins this season. Staying healthy will be key, Francis said, pointing to injuries that sidelined goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin and forwards Alexander Semin, Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty.

Potentially, the Canes have four 30-goal scorers on their roster with Eric Staal, Semin, Tlusty and Jeff Skinner. If their offense can avoid another slow start and the rest of the team can avoid major injuries, making the playoffs in the Metropolitan Division isn’t out of the question.

2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Buffalo (July 24) Carolina (Aug. 7)
Boston (sep. 11) Columbus (Aug. 21)
Florida (July 29) New Jersey (Aug. 14)
Montreal (Sep. 2) NY Islanders (July 31)
Ottawa (Aug. 12) NY Rangers (Aug. 28)
Tampa Bay (Sep. 4) Philadelphia (Aug. 26)
Toronto (Aug. 5) Pittsburgh (sep. 9)
Washington (Aug. 19)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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