By most measures, the Carolina Hurricanes should not be the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
The Hurricanes were a team expected to surprise the East this season after playing a bit over their heads last season and placing just 10 points out of the wild card. There was admittedly a lot to love about the team: Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask anchoring the offense; Justin Faulk and Noah Hanifin on the blueline; the additions of Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho. And head coach Bill Peters, one of the rising stars in the East, especially among the analytic punditry.
A strong possession team under Peters last season, they’re even stronger this season: Fifth in the NHL in adjusted Corsi percentage at even strength (53.91 percent). Their power play is 10th in the NHL (23.3 percent). Their penalty kill is ninth (86.2). They’re 13th in the NHL in goals per game (2.78).
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