Friday, September 10, 2010
2010-11 Preview: Carolina Hurricanes
2010-2011 Prediction 12th Eastern Conference
Two seasons ago the Hurricanes were in the Conference Finals. Last season they were a sub-.500 disaster. It seems that all signs point the Carolina fans to a season closer to last season's version. Two key vets have departed: Ray Whitney and future HOFer Rod Brind'Amour. The back end of the team provides lots of questions. Can Cam Ward return to the form of the past after a nasty skate-cut injury? Will any defenseman step up to help Joni Pitkanen? The forward group also has concerns, but at least there are two sure bets in C Eric Staal and LW Jussi Jokinen. From top to bottom, the rest of the lineup will need to prove itself for the Canes to have a shot at sneaking in to the playoff. At the end of the day, this team will probably need more time in order to develop themselves back in to a playoff team.
Player to Watch: C Eric Staal