Dec 20, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu (15) skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena. The Capitals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • The Hurricanes lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, 4-3. Read the recap here.
  • Zach Boychuk is reestablishing himself as an NHL prospect in Charlotte (Checkers Website)
  • Mark Jones asks if the Canes special teams are due for an improvement (Bleacher Report)

My Opinion: It’s no secret that the Hurricanes tend to play better at regular strength than on the power-play. And there’s several different reasons why: the pressure, the fact that an opposing team can just dump the puck and trouble possessing the puck.

The Canes are better at scoring on a rush rather than by setting up in the zone and working the puck for a chance on net. That has to do more with the players. Jeff Skinner is great on the rush, while Eric and Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin and Nathan Gerbe find the open man.

It’s unfortunate that the team is like that at times, because it does have a factor on the lack of man advantage success.

The penalty kill started out strong to start the season, but has really fallen off. This could just be an injury problem with Semin, Patrick Dwyer and Brett Bellemore all missing time recently. I believe those numbers will start to average out over the year.

The Canes advanced stats do look good as Mark points out, but for the reasons stated above, this could be a problem that just doesn’t go away, specifically on the power-play.

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