2. Convert on the Powerplay
I know, I know. Broken record. The Carolina Hurricanes’ powerplay has (statistically) been much better during the first half of these season compared to the latter half of last season. The Canes’ have managed to convert on 22.4% of powerplay chances; the 12th best powerplay percentage in the league.
The Carolina Hurricanes take more penalties than they draw, so converting on the powerplay is of supreme importance. The Canes sport a relatively solid penalty kill; 81.8%, the 14th best penalty kill in the league.
Killing penalties has been a slight issue for the Canes this season, but haven’t cost them as many games as failing to score on the powerplay has.
If the Carolina Hurricanes can manage to convert on a majority of their powerplay chances against Buffalo (23rd best PK in the league at 77.1%), they should be able to build a solid foundation towards a victory tonight. Now, on to the final piece of the puzzle: consistent goaltending.