2. The injury bug
The injury bug was something that continued to bite the Hurricanes throughout the entirety of the 2019-2020 season. The season started off with Trevor van Riemsdyk missing the first few games.
Then we saw alternate captain Jordan Martinook go down with a core muscle injury. An injury that required him to miss several weeks due to having to have surgery. Erik Haula went down next due to lingering knee issues from the devastating injury he sustained in the previous season. There were also times when Ryan Dzingel was forced to sit out as well due to being hurt.
There was also the game in Toronto that saw David Ayres save the day after James Reimer and Petr Mrazek went down with a lower-body injury and concussion. That game saw Brett Pesce‘s season cut short due to a shoulder injury that ended up requiring surgery.
Of course, there’s also the biggest loss the team was dealt with when Norris Trophy contender, Dougie Hamilton broke his fibula in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 2019-2020 season was also a season of firsts for the Hurricanes.