Ken Medlin

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.

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  • devilishhockeygirl Apr 21, 4:02 p.m.

    The 'Canes have rallied from 2-1 [series] deficits at least 4 times since they/Whalers moved here to NC.
    In 3 of those rally's, they won and moved on to the next round of play-offs, INCLUDING 2 times during the 2006 Cup Quest!

    But who really cares about past stats?!
    Another new game on fresh ice tonight! Let's go Devils!
    If the 'Canes win this play-off series, I will be the first to salute the Hurricanes and true Caniacs!

    At any rate, we've got a little more than 3 hours to go! Whoo Hoo!
    Almost time for the tailgate parties to commence!

    'impatientgirl' and any other band-wagon Hurricanes fans, look me up pre-game...I'll be sure to offer you guys a cold one and toast another tight game ahead!
    I'll be the hockeygirl in my #4's retired white Devils jersey! You can't miss the name STEVENS!!
    Cheers!

    Let's GO DEVILS!!

  • dwofford Apr 21, 2:08 p.m.

    PP's are hugely important, but only if the opposing team draws a penalty. The Canes need to do a better job scoring period. The play-offs are never high scoring affairs, with defense ruling the roost, but first line needs to pick up the scoring. Put a couple of five-on-five in the net, and the pressure is less on the power play unit. Tonight is almost do-or-die ... GO CANES.

  • msudawg Apr 21, 2:03 p.m.

    I think this 4th game will be very intense and an intriguing game to say the least.

    PP's are very... View More

    — Posted by devilishhockeygirl

    Not true. In 2002 the Canes led the series 2-0 and then went to NJ and the Devils tied it at 2-2, then the Canes went on to win the next two games and won the series in 6 games. In 2006 the Canes won the first 3 games and then lost #4 at NJ but came home and won Game 5. But in 2001 the Canes did go down 2-0 but then brought the series out to a 7 game series which NJ won. I think the Canes are going to be on fire tonight and win by a margin of at least 2 goals. LETS GO CANES!
    LETS GO CANES!

  • edits Apr 21, 12:03 p.m.

    Go Canes!

    I think both teams have had a hard time "figuring" out theopposing goaltenders. Statistically the Canes are better on the powereplay because NJ is taking less penalties than the Canes and the Canes are taking more that they normally would. Whatever preparation goes on today I am sure that the game tonight will be hockey at its best once again bewteen these two teams. The OT loss Sunday night was not the outcome I Was hoping for but I was not discappointed in the Canes performance because they did almost everything right - today is a new day and tonight there is a new game - GO CANES!

  • devilishhockeygirl Apr 21, 11:05 a.m.

    I think this 4th game will be very intense and an intriguing game to say the least.

    PP's are very important in the play-offs.
    Not only did the 'Canes "own" the PP's versus my Devs in regular season (something like 7 or 8 goals out of 16 extra man advantages) but they have also come back from a 2-1 series deficit (I think twice?) to go on and win the Cup in '06!
    You Caniacs don't think that my beloved Devils have forgotten this do ya?! ;)

    My Jersey boys have always been a very defensive team and I think we're doing one helluva job pushing, skating fast, and keeping hold of the puck as much as possible.
    I'd like to see my Devs play a little more in front of Ward, but I'm not jinxing us! My NJ boyz need to just keep playing as they are!

    The Hurricanes do a really good job in front of Brodeur and those 'bounces' (no matter what team), sometimes make all the difference in the score.

    Without a doubt, I believe in my beloved Devils and can't wait to see them take to the ice again tonight!
    Again, "2 great hockey clubs, 1 awesome match-up"!

    GO DEVILS!!!!!!!

  • StunGunn Apr 21, 9:23 a.m.

    Mo did a good job of addressing the power play when he came back as the Canes Coach in December. It took a while to be successful, but they did get better. The playoffs are not a good time to have PP woes. Hopefully, they'll regroup and win tonight. They HAVE to win tonight. They played with intensity and a sense of urgency on Sunday. They can do it! Go Canes!

  • wallhokievt94 Apr 20, 5:54 p.m.

    Just hope that they can keep-on-keeping-on. Great for our fans and our State.

  • 2early4me Apr 20, 5:19 p.m.

    Score a PP goal? I'd be thrilled just to see the Canes control the puck in the offensive zone long enough to at least get off a shot! The Canes played good for about 40 minutes last night, then got scared in OT and played tentative. The Canes have to step up their game to the level of the fans - they were bringing it last night! Staal choked in front of Brodeur, as he is apt to do when he could have possibly put it away. Game 4 & 5 are must wins to put the pressure back on the Devils. Let's go Canes! Let's go Canes!

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