The Carolina Hurricanes have one of the worst power plays in the NHL, and head coach Kirk Muller is doing everything he can to spark some production. Carolina has the 27th-ranked power play, toiling with the likes of the Buffalo Sabres and the Calgary Flames.
There’s too much talent for the Hurricanes to continue to be that bad, and Muller is shuffling his power play units and trying to find some answers. Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News and Observer recently broke down the changes to the groupings:
Canes coach Kirk Muller looked at different combinations in practice Wednesday at PNC Arena, moving Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm to Jordan Staal’s unit, and Jiri Tlusty and Nathan Gerbe to Eric Staal’s unit. The Canes worked on breakouts and zone entries and shot angles.
With competition for a playoff spot heating up in the Eastern Conference, a better power play could be the difference between a few wins and a few losses. Based on how jam-packed the Metropolitan Division is right now, the Hurricanes have as good a chance as anyone to make the dance, but with the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers all playing some outstanding hockey recently, it makes sense that Muller is making a change now rather than later.
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