Carolina Hurricanes: Ranking every season in the history of the franchise

RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - JUNE 19: Rod Brind'Amour #17 of the Carolina Hurricanes kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in game seven of the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 19, 2006 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup finals 4 games to 3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 31: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes prepares for the face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 31: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes prepares for the face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) /

17. 2011-12

The real start of the Canes struggles in recent years kicked in during the 2011-12 campaign. It was the last chance for Paul Maurice in Raleigh before he was fired and replaced by Kirk Muller. Yet, not even Muller had three complete seasons with Carolina.

One of the most frustrating parts of this season was the amount of overtime losses. Carolina finished with a 33-33-16 record. A trend that is noticed from some of the worst seasons with this team is the overtime problems.

There were quite a few important contests that did not go in the Canes favor. Moreover, this was the best season that Canes fans have seen out of goalie Cam Ward in the last eight seasons. Ward and Eric Staal were the only hope for this squad.

Staal was the leading scorer, by far, with 70 points. Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner finished in second and third place with 46 and 44 points, respectively. This was a fifth place finish for the Canes in the Southeast Division.