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Carolina Hurricanes 2013-2014 NHL Season Preview and Predictions

In Carolina all the talk is about a quick turnaround, and when you consider they should have their goaltender back it's easy to understand why.
The loss of Cam Ward last year was devastating for this hockey club. Dan Ellis really couldn't cut full time duty and the Hurricanes were lost between the crease. It's impossible to win in this league if your goalies are giving up soft goals and putting you behind the eight ball early on. That seemed to be the case for Carolina every time out last year. Ward's return should help stabilize them between the pipes and the rest of this team is good enough to rebound nicely this year. 
Between Eric and Jordan Staal, Alex Semin, Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, Jiri Tlusty, and Patrick Dwyer, the Hurricanes have a nice mix of veteran and young offensive talent that should put up plenty of goals. Their offense wasn't the problem last year and with some more stability in net if they can just keep that production the same they should be in good shape. 
They're not the best on the blue line and even though Mike Komisarek can make you pull your hair out at times he should certainly be an upgrade for them on defense. Joni Pitkanen, Andrej Sekera, Tim Gleason, and Jay Harrison give the Hurricanes a strong veteran presence on the back end but it will be the play of their young kids that might make the biggest difference. Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk could be the biggest variables for the Hurricanes this season as they look to make last season look like an aberration.

Prediction: 4th, Metropolitan Division

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