Carolina Hurricanes 2021 Season Preview
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This season was pivotal for the Carolina Hurricanes. Not only is Andrei Svechnicov beautiful off the ice, but he’s also turning into a superstar on the ice. The Canes lost in the second round of the playoffs against the Boston Bruins after beating the New York Rangers in round one. This team is really headed in the right direction. 

Key Additions: Jesper Fast (New York Rangers) 

This is a very versatile player. He played in New York for seven seasons where he was a top six player. But that’s where his style of play fit for that team. He’ll fit best in Carolina’s bottom six. He’s a player that will learn to play wherever you put him. 

Losses: Joel Edmunson (Montreal Canadians) 

Joel Edmunson left for Montreal in free agency. He was a crucial player on the Canes defense, and it will be sad to see him go. However, I don’t think there will be a huge issue in feeling in the defensive gaps. 

Forward Line Predictions: 
Andrei Svechnicov Sebastion AhoTeuvo Teravainen 
Nino Niederreiter Vincent TrocheckMartin Necas
Brock McGuinn Jordan Staal Jesper Fast 
Warren Foegele Morgan Geekie Ryan Dzingle 
Defensive Pairing Predictions: 
Jacob Slavin Dougie Hamilton 
Jake Gardiner Brett Pesce
Brady Skjei Hayden Fleury 
In the net: 

The Carolina Hurricanes have solid regular-season goaltending. However, in the playoffs, when the competition ramps up, goaltending stays stagnant. It wouldn’t come as a shock if they sign another goalie at the trade deadline. I think they just need some more consistency in the net and you can never have too many goalies. 

The Verdict: 

Without a doubt, this is a playoff team. How far will they go before they hit a wall? Too soon to tell. Having younger players like Svechnicov, Aho, and Skjei on the front and backends will create depth for opposing teams. Overall, there’s not a lot for Canes fans to complain about. They’re not a Stanley Cup winning team, yet but it’s coming and they’re taking all the right steps.  

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