2017-2018 Overview:

The Carolina Hurricanes finished third from the bottom last year, ahead of the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. Their 36-35-11 record resulted in 83 points. Sadly for the Hurricanes, the fans seem to have given in to the frustration of the teams lack of success as attendance has dropped by almost 5,000 fans per-game since 2012. Winning is the best-known remedy

Sebastian Aho posted 65 points (29g-36a) in 78 games and Teuvo Teravainen put up 64 points (23g-41a) in 82 games last year. Veteran Justin Williams (cover photo) is the new captain of the Hurricanes. He turned 37 on Thursday.

Off Season Moves:

Additions: Michal Cajkovsky, D; Cliff Pu, RW; Kyle Platzer, C; Lucas Wallmark, C; Greg McKegg, C; Trevor Van Riemsdyk, D; Calvin de Haan, D; Dan Renouf D; Petr Mrazek, G

Subtractions: Jeff Skinner, LW; Derek Ryan, C; Jake Chelios, D; Cam Ward, G;

What to expect:

The Hurricanes did not make many offseason moves besides the use of the old-school Hartford Whalers jerseys. Petr Mrazek was the best player brought in and the loss of Jeff Skinner will also have an impact on the team. The Hurricanes remain one of the weaker teams in the league and will likely finish bottom of the Metro Division.

The Hurricanes fell to the Islanders Thursday in their NHL opener, losing 2-1 in overtime. On Friday, they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 to give former player and new coach Rod Brind’Amour his first NHL win. Aho led the way for Carolina with a goal and an assist.

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Cover Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire
Zak Herr covers the NHL for Full Press Coverage.

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