NHL 14: Carolina Hurricanes Guide
Written By: JCOL32
Founded / Joined: 1972 (Hartford Whalers) / 1979
Originally joining the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979, the franchise moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes. Shortly after, the club won their first Stanley Cup championship in 2005-06.
The Hurricanes will enter the 2013/14 season with high hopes. Led by Jordan and Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, and Cam Ward, the Hurricanes believe they have a chance to do something special this year. The loss of Alex Semin will hurt but will not destroy the Canes this year. The Hurricanes will have two legitimate top lines to rely on. Look for a return to form from Cam Ward who has great fundamentals and a plethora of experience. Carolina has a great coaching staff and will have no problem kicking the Hurricanes right back into gear this season. Youngster Justin Faulk will also look to grow off another successful season a year ago. The Canes also signed former Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin to backup Ward this season.
How to Play as the Hurricanes:
With the Hurricanes balanced attack, don’t feel the need to have their top line out all the time, you will have success with whatever line is out there. Try to draw penalties because you will definitely be able to capitalize with all the offensive talent Carolina has. With the likes of the Staal brothers and Jeff Skinner, you will have plenty of scoring opportunities. Don’t be afraid to take some chances because you have former Stanley Cup Champion Cam Ward to back you up in net.
In 2012, with PNC Bank recently acquiring RBC Bank (US) the former RBC Center is now proudly known as PNC Arena.