NHL Metropolitan Division Power Rankings: Capitals Are Elite

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NHL Metropolitan Division Power Rankings: #7 – Carolina Hurricanes

Coming in at number seven on our Metropolitan Division power rankings is a team that a lot of people saw as being a lottery team: the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes were not expected by anyone to compete this season. So far this season, they haven’t competed. The Carolina Hurricanes have good underlying numbers. They have a 54.4% even strength CF%, which is third in the NHL.

So why are they so bad? Corsi only tells a part of the story. You still have to be able to score goals and prevent your opponents from scoring goals. Those are two things that the Hurricanes have been unable to do so far. They have scored 14 goals and allowed 25 goals through eight games. Goaltenders Cam Ward and Eddie Lack were expected to provide league average goaltending for Carolina this season. That hasn’t been the case. Both Lack (83.2% even strength adjusted save percentage) and Ward (90.48% even strength adjusted save percentage) have been sub-par this season.

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Despite creating more shot attempts for than they allow at even strength, they aren’t scoring goals because their 5.7% shooting percentage at even strength is 24th in the league. They also have a 5.7% shooting percentage during all situations (third worst in the league). They rely a bit too heavily on Jordan StaalEric Staal, and Kris Versteeg to score goals.

The Hurricanes are a team in transition. They have already rebuilt their blue line. Now they need to find their forwards.

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