Faith in your head coach is an important key to success for any team. Can the Carolina Hurricanes get anything from their faith in Bill Peters?
Following the trends that the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Bill Peters, set during what will soon be his four year tenure with the team will have a large outcome on his opinion carried with the fans. Peters brings mixed results for the Canes on a nightly basis, but the team is in a good spot at this moment.
Carolina looks to be in a real dog fight down the stretch with the Columbus Blue Jackets and namely the Florida Panthers. With another victory on March 4 over the Philadelphia Flyers, extending their streak to seven straight wins, the Panthers continue to be one of the hottest teams in the league.
However, how Peters leads this team in the last full month of the regular season will be telling as to how he can respond to adversity and come through in clutch time. His team has the offensive talent to get things done, and they’re playing with a good energy level right now.
On March 4, the Canes take on a top notch Western Conference opponent in the Winnipeg Jets. With a good stretch of opponents from the West on the schedule this week, the Canes could get off to a great start here. Peters usually gets this team hot toward the end of the season.
Recent history under Bill Peters
Watching a team coached by Peters can be a frustrating process from game-to-game. They’ve given the fan base an emotional roller coaster, especially since the turn of the calendar year. Before this two-game winning streak, the Canes had a six game skid that was halted at the beginning of March.
Moreover, entering the March 4 matchup against the Jets, Carolina carried a record of 29-25-11. That’s good for them to sit at 69 points on the season. The Panthers just jumped ahead of the Canes in the standings, as they have 70 points now.
Carolina looks to be on pace for the same type of record they had under Peters the previous two seasons. Here’s the records they finished with during each year with Peters at the helm:
- 2014-15: 30-41-11
- 2015-16: 35-31-16
- 2016-17: 36-31-15
There’s another abundance of overtime and shootout losses for the Canes in 2017-18. Only the Anaheim Ducks have more losses after regulation time than the Canes. The Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, and Buffalo Sabres each have the same amount as Carolina.
In conclusion, the Canes do need to be cautious as to the trends under Peters. There’s a lot of momentum going with the roster at hand. If Peters is not the right guy for the job, they need to move in a different direction. But, things also look to be improving slightly each season, and that’s ultimately the encouraging sign we’re looking for.