The Carolina Defense Really is the Best in the NHL
The Carolina Hurricanes Defense can do it all. Last night they once again proved that they can play both sides of the puck. They held the Islander to only 19 shots last night! They didn’t allow any more than NINE shots on goal in any given period and only 2 in the third! This is the reason this team is sitting at the top of the league. This is the reason the rest of the league is terrified.
Not only are they good at stifling the opposition and hogging the puck they know when and how to jump in on offense and take full control of the game. Last night saw Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce get on the score sheet as goal scorers. Hamilton picked up a second point on an assist on Teravainen’s goal while Jaccob Slavin picked up a point on Hamilton’s.
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Not a single defender finished with a negative plus minus rating. Hamilton and Joel Edmundson each finished with a +3. Even though Mrazek once again finished the game sub- 0.900 vs % he managed to skate away with his third win of the season. He has this defense to thank as he racks up a career high in wins this year.
Tonight will be James Reimer in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets who also played last night. This defense really doesn’t care who is in net anymore. At some points I feel that an empty net can secure a few wins all by itself. They are that good. Last year the motto was Take Warning. Well I really can’t tell you how much more of a warning you can get than a 5-0-0 start.