The Carolina Hurricanes are starting to show some signs of life, and after a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday they have pulled their record to 7-7-4 for the season. They have won three of their last four games while scoring only seven total goals, as goaltender Justin Peters has turned in three of his best outings as a professional in the last week. Since snapping a five-game losing streak the Hurricanes are starting to look like a much-improved team, but they still need to find a way to get more out of their offense.
Averaging less than two goals per game, the Hurricanes have the third-lowest mark in the league in that category. Their power play also ranks in the bottom third of the league, and only one player (Nathan Gerbe) on the team has more than three goals. There isn’t a single player with a double-digit point total after 17 games, making it even more important that whoever is in net is on top of his game. With Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin sidelined by injuries, Peters was given the net but struggled to an 0-5 mark in his first five games. Since then, he’s helped his team earn at least a point in four straight games, while posting a save percentage of .970 or better in his three wins. His 33-save performance against the Avalanche may have been his best game yet, as he helped the Hurricanes stop a team that had yet to lose a road game this season.
Khudobin’s recovery appears to be taking longer than expected, but Ward has been back on the ice practicing. If things continue going well, it would seem Peters is making a case to stick around for a little while until the Hurricanes are sure that Ward is back at full strength.