3 takeaways as Canes dominate in Winnipeg against the Jets

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 24: The Carolina Hurricanes gather during the third period against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on November 24, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 24: The Carolina Hurricanes gather during the third period against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on November 24, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 04: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammate Martin Necas #88 following an empty-net goal by Niederreiter during the third period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on March 04, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 04: Nino Niederreiter #21 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates with teammate Martin Necas #88 following an empty-net goal by Niederreiter during the third period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on March 04, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Carolina’s powerplay ices the game

When the Carolina Hurricanes put this game out of reach, it was at the mercy of their powerplay. With two big goals on either side of the 2nd intermission, they made this a 3-2 and then a 4-2 game and it really put the jets behind the eight ball for the rest of the third period. This was really the story of the game. Carolina’s powerplay generated chances and goals for the team.

When they put the jets under as much pressure as they did when they had the man advantage, it became a matter of waiting until they broke. When they wheel the puck around and pass with that much speed, it becomes difficult to adjust and get set for what is coming and the Canes made it a simple job in the end. Dominating at 5v5, but with the spare skater specifically, they really hemmed the Jets in.

When the Canes get to their best, they can dominate teams and they did this in Winnipeg. Dominating this game means that they kept the Winnipeg offense out of the Canes zone, and it really nullified the threat of some of the best players on this roster. When the Canes play like this, they’re one of the best teams in the NHL and it’s why they were cup favorites a few weeks ago.

This was a clinical powerplay display from the Canes and it’s further evidence that this team is well-coached and well organized. It’s promising for the team as they move onto Calgary that their powerplay was so dominant. It was game-changing.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 18: Frederik Andersen #31, Nino Niederreiter #21, and Jesper Fast #71 of the Carolina Hurricanes defend against Sonny Milano #12 of the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of a game at Honda Center on November 18, 2021, in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 18: Frederik Andersen #31, Nino Niederreiter #21, and Jesper Fast #71 of the Carolina Hurricanes defend against Sonny Milano #12 of the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of a game at Honda Center on November 18, 2021, in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Carolina’s penalty kill is utterly ridiculous

Carolina gave up 2 shots to this scary Winnipeg offense on a 5-minute major.

Do you want me to continue? What else is there to say after that? After Cole wrongfully got 5 and a game (and we’ll get to this) Carolina penalty kill destroyed this game and made Winnipeg look like they were a peewee hockey team. They were not up to the same standards as this Canes PK and they made them look like boys against men.

We can talk about the Canes powerplay dominating the game, when you only allow 2 shots on a 5-minute major at a point where the game could swing either way and you put up that kind of defensive display of stability, you have done what you set out to do going into this one. It was great from everyone who stepped onto the ice down a man.

More than just the major, they got caught chasing in the 2nd for the beautiful Dubois powerplay goal that he tipped between his legs, but that was the only mistake the unit made as they shut the door down outside of that. They were excellent all game along, and they’ve been great all season. Tim Gleason has done a great job working with this unit, and they’ve answered well.

Considering Carolina are the most penalized team in the NHL, they get a lot of work, and they do well. They kill aggressively and they pressure the blueline to deny entry. It’s good fundamental hockey, and it’s done excellently by the team.