1. Did the Canes Stay Out of the Penalty Box?
No, they didn’t. The Carolina Hurricanes took a total of 4 penalties last night: Jaccob Slavin for interference in the 1st period, Wallmark for both Holding the Stick and Interference in the 2nd period, and Clark Bishop for Tripping in the 3rd period.
To be fair, the Canes managed to remain perfect on the penalty kill despite the four penalties, and the refereeing seemed to be more than a bit incompetent (especially on that Bishop call. Big yikes there, my dudes).
Nevertheless, the Carolina Hurricanes are no stranger to losing a handle on games after taking a bad penalty or two this season, but last night proved to be different than most others.
Petr Mrazek stood tall on the penalty kill, and the Carolina Hurricanes’ penalty kill units on the whole played spectacularly despite the 4 chances they gave the Minnesota Wild on the man advantage. Hopefully that trend continues if the Canes continue to take penalties at that rate. Now, onto the defense.