The season opener for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night didn't go as well as they hoped it would, as the Canes ended up taking a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Carolina didn't play what most would consider a "good game" but I think most would agree that they had their chances to make things somewhat closer but those plans were thwarted by Florida goaltender Jose Theodore. Carolina outshot Florida 33-16 at even strength and outchanced them 18-12, so they definitely had an advantage in that part of the game but things slipped away from them early after falling behind 4-0 in the first period. Goaltending played a difference but special teams is where things really went wrong for Carolina.
The Hurricanes took three bad minor penalties in the first period and Florida ended up making them pay for all of them with three goals. Carolina's penalty kill yielded seven scoring chances while playing roughly five minutes on the PK. Compare that to the three scoring chances they created in ten minutes of powerplay time and you have a recipe for disaster.
Carolina's special teams nightmare
Canes Country | Jan 21