A Unique Opportunity for an Even Playing Field
Former Carolina Hurricane Shane Willis included his thoughts
Shane Willis believes that the extended season pause will produce an even playing field for the playoffs. One of the key points of discussion was how the pause would affect the teams heading into the qualifying series. Willis believes that there will be an equalizing effect for these teams:
“We can look back at stats power plays (and) penalty kills, but really we can throw all that out the window. Every team has been off for such a long period of time, it comes down to . . . who can get off to the quickest start and get hot early”.
Willis also reminded viewers that the Rangers were the most penalized team in the NHL during the regular season. This is why it will be vital to the series that the Canes focus on a return to form for the power play.
The Canes’ power play took a blow when Dougie Hamilton suffered a season-ending injury. He has been given a second chance to compete in the playoffs with the season pause, and I believe he will be instrumental in a successful power play.