Carolina Hurricanes 2019-2020 Season Primer

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) celebrates with teammates during an NHL Preseason game between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes on September 29, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 29: Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) celebrates with teammates during an NHL Preseason game between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes on September 29, 2019 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Goaltender Petr Mrazek of the Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the warmups of the Carolina Hurricanes game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on September 18th, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Goaltending

The 2018-19 season bore witness to the most consistent goaltending that the Carolina Hurricanes have received in a very long time.  Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney held the fort and helped the Hurricanes stay in the playoff mix.  The opening of free agency saw McElhinney head out for Tampa Bay, removing one half of a successful netminding tandem.

Veteran James Reimer arrived in the trade that saw the end of the Scott Darling Era.  Reimer, who has been a starter in his career, is coming looking to prove himself after an underwhelming stint in Florida.

The Hurricanes’ team defense is much tighter than what he saw with the Panthers, a fact that should bode well for a rebound season.  His career GAA (2.81) and SV% (.914) show that Reimer can be a solid if unspectacular option.

Ideally, Mrazek can duplicate his performance from last season.  The fiery Czech is a fierce competitor.  If he can use that emotion to his advantage and limit it from distracting him, then he’ll be good to go.  While I’m not completely sold on Reimer as a 1B, I do think he can be reliable in more of a traditional backup role.  Of course, that all depends on how he and Mrazek perform this season.

If we see more streaks like this, we can all rest a bit easier.