Previewing the East: Carolina
Canes hope new management team will bring more wins, first playoff berth in five years
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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:
Coach: Bill Peters
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)
|2013-14 Stats||Vs. Red Wings|
|IN THE CREASE|
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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.
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)|