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Bill Peters has high hopes to fix Hurricanes power play

Jul 26, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

Bill Peters AP

New Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters may have his hands full in getting the team to be a playoff contender, but he has big plans and hopes for the job.

Peters spoke with ‘Canes fans at the team’s Summerfest in Raleigh and as Chip Alexander of the News & Observer tweeted, what he wants to get out of his team in the upcoming season is, at the least, a much better power play.

Carolina’s power play was 28th in the NHL last season as they converted on 14.6 percent of their opportunities. One big reason for that was the inability to get team captain Eric Staal going with the man-advantage.

Staal had one power play goal last season and Peters said he needs to improve that for him because it’s “unacceptable” and the situation has to be remedied immediately. Tough to argue with that.

One way to fix that is to load up the first unit with the best players. Peters said the power play could have Staal, Jeff Skinner, and Elias Lindholm up front with Alexander Semin on the right point with either Justin Faulk or Ryan Murphy on the other side. With Semin blasting away and the forwards swarming the net, that might just work out.

As for Skinner, he wants to get him to be  a 40-goal scorer and a plus-player. Say what you will about plus-minus as a stat, but Skinner is a minus-40 in 259 career games and was a minus-14 last season – an improvement over his minus-21 during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

If the Hurricanes can get these issues fixed, they’ll be difficult to defend in the Metropolitan Division. Scoring on them, however, could still wind up being a problem for Peters to remedy.

  1. lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Lindholm-E Staal-Skinner
    Semin-Faulk/Murphy/Sekera/Liles

    Or Jordan Staal in Lindholm’s place, but Lindholm would be a righty on his off wing able to make crisper passes and one time it so he’d fit better there. J staal centering the second unit.

    • storminator16 - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Skinner plays the left side, btw.

  2. 19to77 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Eric Staal is such a streaky player. In 2012-13 he was excellent. In 2011-12 he was fairly mediocre, but in 2010-11 he was great. I guess if the pattern holds this will be a rebound year after a shoddy 2013-14?

  3. blomfeld - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    LOL !!!!!!! :) :) :)

    the Hurricanes, trucks, grits and such as …

  4. patthehockeyfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Of course, success on the PP is important.

    As the article states, Carolina was 28th in the league this past season. They were followed by Buffalo at 14.1 percent, and Florida at 10.0 percent.

    In first place was Pittsburgh who tied with 2nd place Washington at 23.4 percent.

    Guess who was in 27th place, one step above the ‘Canes? The Stanley Cup Champions LA Kings at 15.1 percent.

    Stats, stats and more stats. Sometimes they mean a lot. Sometimes not so much.

    • blomfeld - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      “Sometimes they mean a lot. Sometimes not so much” …

      Friends, the other day I took exception to that article where Babcock was blabbing on about ‘analytics’ and his twisted love for ‘never-ending’ information. And now today here we have one of Babcock’s strongest supporters (Pat the stone thrower) saying that it’s all just a pile of BS ? The hypocrisy of these people is truly unbelievable, as is their complete lack of loyalty and conviction … and that’s a shame. :(

      On the other hand, we ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings couldn’t give a hoot about ‘data’ and fake information ! No sir, because ‘ours’ is an enterprise driven not only by superior skill, conviction and aplomb, but more importantly by divine providence and supreme righteousness ! :)

      *** don’t ever let Pat or Babcock put spreadsheets on your family’s table ***

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  5. raleighcaniac - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Lindholm is being over rated at this point. He is nowhere near ready as a second year player weighing a 175 lbs and who did not learn how to take a check and thus was hurt alot last season. Good stick/puck skills but another season to go where he shows he can score 20+ before he gets priviledge of playing 1st unit PP.

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