The Carolina Hurricanes are not playing nearly as well as they could be through three games in the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season. They’re 1-2 so far with just two points, which has them third in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. They have a hallways decent offense (15th in the league with eight goals for), but a horrendous defense (21st in the NHL with 30 goals against). The Hurricanes’ main problem is they have talent on their roster that simply isn’t producing.
Sure, Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal each have three goals through three games, but what has it done for the team? Carolina isn’t playing like a unit–it’s playing like a bunch of individuals and that’s why stats are down as well as wins and points. The only other two players on the team with points are Justin Faulk and Patrick Dwyer, who each have one.
The Hurricanes’ trade for Kevin Westgarth right before this short season began wasn’t a move that was supposed to bolster their lineup. Their signing of Dan Ellis was also just supposed to be a depth-building move, but neither of those players has contributed anything to the team this season.
Put simply, Carolina needs all of its players to start playing better, both individually and collectively. No one is playing well as an individual, which is why the ‘Canes are struggling and that won’t change until Carolina’s skaters start skating as a team.