Goaltending for the Canes during the 2022-23 season had its ups and downs, like any team. Pyotr Kochetkov dazzled Hurricanes fans, and the NHL during the month of December. Anti Raanta had critical games where he played stellar. And Frederik Andersen continued to show flashes of greatness.
Here is a run down of the articles we here at Cardiac Canes wrote covering the goaltending of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brind’Amour’s Choice in Goal for Important Weekend by Glenn Brewer
The Hurricanes goaltending selecting was critical late in the season. Starting our with a 4-3 over the Winnepeg Jets, Frederik Andersen played an average to good game when the Canes needed it. Going into this games, Carolina was tied with the New Jersey Devils for the lead in the Metro Division. With Carolina’s win and New Jersey’s loss the Hurricanes took a two point lead (Feel in more)
Hurricanes Goalies: Andersen, Raanta, Kochetkov by Chris Baker
In this article, I broke down period by period the wins, ties and losses of the goaltending. What showed was pretty interesting to that point. As expected of a rookie goalie, Pyotr Kochetkov was great, or not. Antti Raanta was lights out with periods of rest between, and Frederik Andersen was hit and miss, but good most of the time.
Game Recap: Kochetkov Shutout against Flyers in NHL Return by Harvey Ashner
Who does not love a Pyotr Kochectkov shut out? He had (4?) for the 2022-23 season. What was best about this particular game was the fact that it kept Carolina in the lead of the Metro Division by four points. The next two losses closed the gap, but that night was all PK with 19 saves on 19 shots!
Who can’t love this?
Canes Goaltending: Rest Necessary for Andersen by Glenn Brewer
Andersen did look particularly bad during this stretch of games. There was no reason for him to look as bad as he did besides needing more rest. Coming off the 2 month injury, then playing a long stretch of games, only to have the All-Star break messed with Andersen’s rhythm and he was over playing
Frederik Andersen played pretty well against the Devils. He did. I can give him credit for that. Here is proof of me saying goaltending was going to be critical for the Hurricanes for the rest of the playoffs.
Kochetkov’s Time Off Has Caused Rust by Glenn Brewer
Goaltending is it’s own game, with its own ebbs and flows. Pyotr Kochetkov is a prime example of just how streaky things can be in the 2022-23 season . He had a career month in December covering mostly for Frederik Anderson, but some for Antti Raanta. Suddenly, Raanta pops back on the radar, and takes the reins for a lights out string of games. When Kochetkov comes back, he needed to work some kinks out before he could get back to his full greatness
Three’s A Crowd: Raanta Could Be Odd Man Out by Glenn Brewer
What to do with three goalies? That was the question the Carolina Hurricanes oddly had to ask themselves for a good bit. As it turns out, we needed all three throughout the 2022-23 season. All three netminders had their runs of very good games. No other team in the NHL had three different Goalies with a shutout, so you can see just how good goaltending was for the Canes this year.
What a month of December Pyotr Kochetkov and the Carolina Hurricanes had! It was something to relive and will likely be in the record books for a long time! Right there in the middle of the action was Kochetkov. While I wrong argued for sending Raanta away, this piece was a real celebration of PK and urging to keep him with the Carolina Hurricanes for the remainder of the season. While he had great numbers with the Chicago Wolves, I felt, and still feel, he would have been better served here in Raleigh.
I am not sure if it is because we write for Cardiac Canes, a site perceived to be garbage, or if people are just blind to how bad Frederik Andersen played this regular season. His consistently giving up at least one goal a game, often early in a game, kept the Hurricanes on their heels when he started. People can argue with me about this, but I have tried my best to prove myself wrong on this point, and I cannot.