2014-15 NHL Metropolitan Division preview. The outlook is grim for the reeling Carolina Hurricanes.
2013-2014 RECORD: 36-35-11, 83 points (seventh in Metropolitan, missed playoffs)
VITAL SIGNS: 9.5 goals per game (22nd), 2.8 goals-against per game (19th); 14.6 power play pct. (28th); 81.7 penalty kill pct. (17th); shootout record: 2-4 (25th)
NOTABLE DEPARTURES: G Justin Peters, C Manny Malhotra
PROJECTED DEPTH CHART
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jeff Skinner
With 33 goals in 71 games last season, Skinner returned to the form that won him the Calder Trophy for 2010-11. His eye for goals will be essential to keeping the Hurricanes in games when their other big-name forwards, Eric Staal and Semin, draw the attention of the opposing team’s top defensive players.
PREDICTION: 76 points (eighth in Metropolitan)