Second Half Surge?


Rhys Patterson

It´s 2006 and the RBC Center is roaring. Rod Brind’amour has just lifted the Stanley Cup, the Carolina Hurricanes were Champions. Fast forward 16 years, and the Raleigh area is once again buzzing about the Hurricanes as they are off to their best start to a season ever.

With a record of 31-10-3, the Hurricanes sit atop of the Metropolitan Division with 38 regular season games remaining, being chased closely by teams such as the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals. The Canes will have to keep up their scorching start to the year if they want to win the Metro Division. Last season, the Canes made it to the second round of the Playoffs before losing to the eventual champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning. This season, the Hurricanes have their sights set higher.

The hot start to the year can be attributed to the production from All-Star Sebastian Aho, alongside other great players such as Andrei Svechnikov, Tuevo Teravainen, Vincent Trocheck, Nino Neiderreter, and Jacob Slavin. The Canes have gotten off to great starts the past few seasons, but some fans certainly believe that this team is different.

¨The biggest offseason additions were definitely both Tony DeAngelo and Freddy Andersen. Both guys are having career years and thriving in Raleigh,¨ said Jonathan Knott, junior at Fuquay Varina High.

The former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie, Andersen is currently top 5 in the NHL in goals allowed, save percentage, and wins, which was good enough to make the Metro Division All Star team. DeAngelo, the former New York Rangers defenseman, was a pretty controversial signing in the offseason, but he has more than proved he is a good fit for this team by becoming a top 10 scoring defenseman in the NHL

The first half of the season was great, but the big question is, ¨Will they be able to keep the momentum going and contend for the Stanley Cup?¨

Sam Prestipino, a junior at Fuquay Varina High and lifelong Hurricanes fan believes so. ¨We just have to keep the great style of play going, just keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll be fine,¨ he said.

There have been rumors of the Hurricanes potentially searching after a good defenseman before the trade deadline. Some notable ones being John Klingberg from the Dallas Stars or Jakob Chychrun from the Arizona Coyotes. There are some mixed reactions on whether the Canes should shake up their roster and pick up one of these guys.

¨The fan in me says yes, but logically I think they already have enough depth and veteran players to keep this up,¨ explained Prestipino.

Regardless of what they decide to do at the deadline, there is still a major hope that the Canes will be able to make a deep playoff run after making the second round last year with arguably a weaker roster.

“The playoffs should be hype this year. PNC will be super loud,” said Knott.