Coming into last year's lockout-shortened season, expectations were high in Raleigh for a Hurricanes team that had a big offseason, landing the likes of Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal to help boost the offense. However, when all was said and done, the 'Canes finished the season in similar fashion to the previous three campaigns – near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and out of the playoffs. While the team was just OK offensively – middle of the pack with an average of 2.65 goals scored per game – it was defensively that the 'Canes really suffered, allowing 3.31 goals per game, second-worst in the league. Furthermore, the team ranked poorly in several other categories, including shots allowed per game (32.2, 26th overall), power-play percentage (14.6, 27th) and penalty-kill percentage (77.6, 28th). Looking ahead, the team will really need to beef up on special teams if it wishes to compete in the now-realigned Metropolitan division with the likes of Pittsburgh, Washingt You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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