The Carolina Hurricanes had a rather interesting and controversial offseason, with a fair bit of their roster changing. However, this has evidently paid off for the team as they have gone undefeated in their first three games of the season. The players that have been pieced together have largely been effective, and we will take a look at how these players have come together in a new way that no fan could have predicted.
How the Offence Adjusted
The team has officially put up an all Finnish forward line as its first forward line with Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Sebastian Aho, and Teuvo Teravainen. The players on this line have put up a fair amount of points, with a total of 11 points on the line. These players seem to work well together, however, the true point of triumph is in the power play, as Teravainen and Aho have really come into their own in putting up points on the powerplay and sniping them in.
As well, with the adjustment of Andrei Svechnikov moving to the second line to play alongside Vincent Trocheck and Martin Necas they have done a great job in continuing to put up points and landing the puck in the back of the net. This line is a beast defensively, as all these players are quite strong on the backcheck, as well as in playing on the forecheck to get the puck team and catch the opposing team while they aren’t prepared.
Overall the team forward core has done an amazing job of pushing through and putting up points, while also maintaining a positive plus-minus across the majority of players in the team. There’s a good chance that these forwards will be able to put up enough points that they can keep pushing for continued victory.
How the Defence Has Changed
The defensive core has changed a lot, and a lot of analysts had predicted that the teams’ defence would have weakened. There is a lot of differences, with no line remaining the same, especially after having lost veteran defenseman, Dougie Hamilton, in free agency to the New Jersey Devils.
The first big change has been in the first line as Ethan Bear joins the team from the Edmonton Oilers to play alongside Jaccob Slavin. The pairing has looked solid so far with few points being put up against them while they’re on the ice. The players seem to be able to play alongside one another almost seamlessly, with many different abilities that have seemingly blended together in a harmony much like the former first line.
The next big change is in the third line, which pairs together the controversial Anthony DeAngelo and Ian Cole. This pairing has played surprisingly well in their time together. Overall, the players have had a chance to put together some good moments on the third defensive line, which has allowed the Hurricanes a new defensive depth that most teams in the NHL could envy. DeAngelo has also contributed to the powerplay in a largely effective way. Although his performances have been great, the past of DeAngelo cannot be forgotten, and people are still rightfully doubtful that he has changed his true colors. Only time will tell if this player has truly changed, and could possibly be forgiven.
Overall, the Hurricanes roster changes ahead of this season have made some amazing impacts on the offensive output that the team puts up. As well, the team defensive core has altered a fair bit which has seen the team’s goals against going down, which has helped new signing Frederik Andersen put up performances that rival those of his prime self. In tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Hurricanes will look to continue their unbeaten streak in the NHL 2021-22 season.
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