Hurricanes on the Hot Seat

by | Jan 26, 2018

Hurricanes on the Hot Seat

by | Jan 26, 2018

Darling, Peters on the Hot Seat

The Carolina Hurricanes have a problem to solve, and it’s one that they are all too familiar with. After winning 7 of 8 games between December 12 and December 29, the tables have turned. Since their game on December 29, the Hurricanes have dropped 7 of the last 10 games and don’t look to be turning it around any time soon after the recent 5-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at home. Keep in mind, this is the same Golden Knights team the Hurricanes beat in Las Vegas in December; one of only two home losses the Knights have surrendered in regulation this season.

Hurricanes’ backup goalie, Scott Darling, who was the starter coming into the season also started Sunday’s game against the Golden Knights; a questionable call after Cam Ward’s impeccable performance the night before in the Hurricanes’ 3-1 win against the Red Wings. Darling, whose confidence has clearly been an issue as of late, let up the game’s first goal 2:55 into the first period to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. The tone of the game was set immediately. With 12:20 gone in the first period, Vegas added their second goal when Colin Miller snuck one past Darling. Less than a minute later, Jonathan Marchessault tallied the third goal for the Vegas Golden Knights and that was the end of it for Darling. Carolina Hurricanes head coach, Bill Peters, replaced Scott Darling with Cam Ward.

What This Means for Scott Darling

Scott Darling was supposed to be the answer for the Hurricanes this season and he has been everything but that. Through 29 games played, Scott Darling is a lousy 9-13-6 (3.02 GAA, .892 Sv%) while Ward is 12-5-2 (2.75 GAA, .907 Sv%) through 21 games played. While the numbers on paper may not look very different, the Hurricanes offensive ability with Darling in net is crutched due to his lack of ability to play the puck opposed to Ward. If Darling doesn’t improve his efficiency, the Hurricanes will be forced to make some kind of move. At this point, Alex Nedeljkovic from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL has to be considered for a call up. In one career NHL game during the 2016-17 season, Nedeljkovic turned away 17 shots in 30 minutes of play against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bill Peters

Bill Peters entered the 2017-18 season on the hot seat and that fire is spreading quicker than ever right about now. With the Hurricanes not making the playoffs in 8 seasons, it is time for another change. Peters is in his 4th season with the Hurricanes and it looks like it is going to be another closely missed shot at the playoffs if things do not turn around quickly. In his tenure with the Hurricanes, Peters is 122-121-50, averaging right around one point per game which is not good enough to make the playoffs even as a wild card. If things do not improve soon, Peters could be out of Carolina before the 8 game home stand ending in February comes to a close.

With the Hurricanes under the new majority ownership of Tom Dundon, look for major changes that would not have been made previously. The two most notably talked about for this are Scott Darling and Bill Peters.

Judging overreactions at the NHL's quarter mark: 70 goals for McDavid, Bruins the Cup favorite?

With around 20 games in the books for all 32 teams, the hot takes are flying. What's real and what's not? We're here to break it all down. [...]

When will Alex Ovechkin reach 800 goals? Upcoming games, plus highlights

The Washington Capitals star is projected to reach the 800-goal mark this season. Follow along as he chases down this accomplishment. [...]

Bruins win in OT, set NHL record in the process

The Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime Friday, setting the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with the win. [...]

Preds postpone 2 games due to water main break

The Nashville Predators postponed home games scheduled for Friday and Saturday because of a water main break that soaked Bridgestone Arena. [...]

Maple Leafs legend, Hall of Famer Salming dies

Toronto Maple Leafs legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming has died. He was 71 and living with Lou Gehrig's disease. [...]

Leafs end Devils' team record-tying 13-game run

The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped New Jersey's 13-game winning streak on Wednesday night, 2-1, leaving the Devils one win shy of a franchise record. [...]

Rangers trade enforcer Reaves to Wild for pick

The Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Wild on Wednesday for a 2025 fifth-round pick. [...]

Maple Leafs put D Rielly (knee) on injured reserve

The injury-riddled Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Morgan Rielly on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury on Tuesday, a day after the veteran was hurt in a collision with… [...]

Bergeron reaches 1,000th point with assist in win

Patrice Bergeron got his 1,000th career point with a second-period assist, becoming the 94th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. [...]

'This kid's a player': Matty Beniers is making a big impact in Seattle

The 20-year old center is excelling on and off the ice and appears on his way to becoming a franchise cornerstone for the Kraken. [...]

Ever wonder what it would be like if your everyday car was a ZAMBONI?!?!?

Wonder no longer…

Check out The Zambonis' latest hit, "Slow Whip"!