If you’re like me, you’ve seen the Carolina Hurricanes play a lot of games against every team in the NHL. No matter who they’re playing, there’s always one or two guys that always have fun making our lives as fans miserable. We call those players “Canes Killers.”
Canes Killers can come in different forms, but the easiest to spot is a player who scores a lot of goals or points whenever they play the Hurricanes. If they’re on the ice, they will have their fingerprints all over a game. Goalies can meet the criteria, too. Plenty of goalies in history have made careers out of giving the Hurricanes fits when they have the puck.
The most interesting Canes Killers are the ones that aren’t superstars. However, the fact remains the best players in the league are the most likely Canes Killers. Alex Ovechkin has more goals (47) and points (99) against the Hurricanes than any player since the team relocated to North Carolina. He’s had the second-most games to do so and is the second-leading scorer in NHL history, so that makes plenty of sense. It also helps that he used to play against the Hurricanes eight times a year when the Southeast Division was around. While he’s a Canes Killer, he’s far from the most interesting case.
While talking about the great things the Hurricanes do is much more fun, there’s a level of self-awareness we need to have. Times aren’t always good, so it’s wrong to pretend they are. That’s why looking at these players who play well against the Canes is essential. To be very clear, I won’t cover every single one because there are plenty to choose from. These are just some of the most notable. Here’s the story of some of history’s biggest Canes Killers.