3. Bring Back the PowerPlay
The powerplay for the Carolina Hurricanes was something that surprised many fans, when the season began. The powerplay was actually ranked in the Top 5 in success rate, now it’s 20th in the league, behind average.
17.6% is not ideal. The Hurricanes penalty-kill is not that great either, it’s 16th in the league. The Hurricanes kill off penalties 79.5% of the time. The last powerplay goal the Hurricanes had was Erik Haula in the game against the Anaheim Ducks, before the injuring hit.
Ever since the hit, the powerplay lines have been awkward. The good news though is that the Chicago Blackhawks are 24th in penalty-killing and 26th in their power-play. They are nearly bottom-dwellers, compared to the Hurricanes.
This is the perfect game for the Hurricanes to not only get confidence on their powerplay, on their penalty-kill, but also for the top-forwards and the entire team. The biggest confidence-booster would be a win, after a long three-game losing streak.