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Carolina played its first preseason game last night against the visiting Florida Panthers, and they looked a lot like the early season Canes from last season. It’s only the preseason, so there’s plenty of time to work on things, but in the 4-1 loss, two things stand out.
First, the Hurricanes gave up goals in bunches. That was the theme of the entire season last year, and in the first period on Tuesday night, they gave up three goals in 1:54. When the Canes lost 14 games in a row in October and November, that was the common denominator.
Second, Carolina was 0-5 on the power play. This is completely unacceptable, and is also something that Canes fans remember from the first half of the 09-10 season.
Carolina’s only goal of the game came shorthanded off the stick of Anton Babchuk. The big Ukrainian is back for his third try with the Canes after spending a season with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. He also had three blocked shots in the game and was one of only a few bright spots for Carolina.
On Friday night, in front of a sparse crowd, the Hurricanes lost their preseason opener 4-2 to the Nashville Predators. While some of the stars sat this one out, Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Tuomo Ruutu, Ray Whitney and Cam Ward were among the Canes regulars who suited up for the exhibition. All reports indicate that some of these guys were in season form while some of the younger guys were definitely not.
Erik Cole scored the first goal of the game on the power play late in the first period. The Canes had a woeful time on the power play, converting only one of seven opportunities.
After losing the first three exhibition games (and looking bad doing so) the Hurricanes rattled off three straight wins to finish the preseason. Carolina will start playing games that count on Friday with a home game against the Panthers.
Eric Staal and Ray Whitney scored today for a 2-0 shutout over the Preds. Cam Ward went the distance, making 31 stops with both teams pretty much fielding the “A team”.
For the first time all preseason, Rod Brind’Amour played. He skated 19 shifts for a total of 15:04 of ice time. He took just 13 of the faceoffs, compared to 17 taken by Brandon Sutter. This was pretty much the plan: to use him sparingly.
On Wednesday night, the (preseason) puck dropped in Raleigh. Unfortunately for the 2/3 full house, it wasn’t a happy return as the visiting Capitals won the first game of the home-and-home 4-1. Neither team sent its “A” team on the ice, but Washington’s “B” team was a lot better than Carolina’s. LW Tomas Fleischmann led the way for the visitors with two power play markers.