The Hurricanes have struggled mightily while on the powerplay in recent games and no one seems to have answers on how to fix it. Results in their past seven games could be considered even worse than an exercise in futility as they have scored just one time in the past 30 attempts.
Their ineptitude has dropped the Canes to a ranking of 29th in league, (13.4%).
One of the reasons Carolina invested in puck-moving defensemen was to help them to finesse the puck into the offensive zone, but instead of carrying the puck in while attacking on the powerplay, most times the team seems happy to dump the puck and chase it. The opposition has anticipated this strategy and quite often will beat the Canes to the puck.
While performance with the man advantage has been more than frustrating, what is even harder to explain is that the team has yet to score all season long while playing with a two-man advantage. They are currently 0-8 in 5-on-3 situations.
The team's failure to perform well with any advantage has contributed to their overall scoring woes this season. Last year after 24 games the Hurricanes had scored 80 goals. So far this season, they have just 64.
Can some home-cooking help? Carolina will play their next four games in the friendly confines of the RBC. Even though their home record (6-6), is worse than away, (6-4-2), in most cases playing at home is a benefit.
We will see if it helps the Canes in the next four games. The opposition will be tough, (the Ducks, Penguins, Flyers, and Capitals). They will need every advantage they can get.
In other brief news-
Brian Burke has officially been given control of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a signing that most people in hockey saw coming a year ago. Jim Kelley from SI.com has an interesting article about the possible problems of having two Americans running "Canada's Team".
Our friends at the Illegal Curve asked yours truly to write up a brief year-to-date review about the Hurricanes exploits so far this season. I sent in a synopsis a couple of games ago and it can be found here along with writeups about the other teams of the Southeast.