Canes' power play needs a power surge
Posted April 20, 2009
Updated April 21, 2009
There’s something missing from the Carolina Hurricanes this post-season. Their power play,
After an 0-for-5 power play performance in Game Three against New Jersey, Paul Maurice has seen enough.
“Oh, we gave it to those guys something fierce today,” Maurice said after Monday’s team meetings.
To be fair, the Canes did score one goal essentially as a result of a power play. But, Chad LaRose’s second-period goal game seconds after a power play ended, so technically it’s considered an even-strength goal.
Regardless, the Hurricanes’ play with a man advantage left a lot to be desired in Sunday night’s game.
“Power plays ebb and flow, and when you’re confident you see more motion and more quickness, “ Maurice said. “When it’s not going, it’s stagnant and standing. And I think we’re at that point in the offensive zone.”
It goes without saying that a team cannot win without scoring. But the numbers are pretty amazing when the Hurricanes have success on the power play. The Canes were 31-12-4 this season when scoring at least one power play goal, and 12-18-3 when coming up dry on the man advantage.
That trend continues in the post-season. The Canes’ one win in the Devils series came on the night they scored their only power play goal of the series.
The Canes are doing a lot of things well against New Jersey. Add in a better power play, and they could be making plans for a second round series.