November 9, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal (11) carries the puck against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Center. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes Power Play Struggles

With the firepower that the Carolina Hurricanes posses on offense and defense, you’d expect the powerplay to be very effective. That is not what has happened so far for the Hurricanes.

The Carolina Hurricanes rank 22nd in the NHL on the powerplay. They have scored on 9 of their 68 powerplays, which is 13.2 percent.

With players like Alex Semin, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, and Jiri Tlusty up front and Ryan Murphy, Justin Faulk, and Andrej Sekera on the blue line, you’d expect more out of the powerplay unit.

A common problem seen from the Carolina Hurricanes is a lack of shots. They pass the puck pretty well in the other team’s end, but they really struggle to get shots on net.

Alex Semin and Eric Staal both love to shoot the puck, but they are found passing out of many shooting situations. This is in part to the other team’s penalty killers blocking off shooting lanes, which has happened a lot.

The absence of Jeff Skinner certainly hasn’t helped the powerplay. He is expected to miss another 1-2 weeks, so this can’t be an excuse for the Carolina Hurricanes. He provides great presence on the man advantage, a very good shot, and good vision.

What will have to be done to fix the powerplay struggles?

It’s not the personnel that needs to change, but the Carolina Hurricanes will have to either change their powerplay strategy, or Kirk Muller will have to change the mind set of the players on the powerplay.

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