Carolina Hurricanes breezing through competition as one of the best teams in the NHL

Hurricanes lead the pack of top 5 teams in the NHL

hurricanes power ranking
Oct 23, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour watches a Hurricanes power play against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

It’s become pretty ho-hum for the Carolina Hurricanes this season as they recorded their 9th win in as many tries. Rod Brind’Amour watched his charges wake themselves up against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night to rally to another victory.

After falling behind 3-1 with 11:36 remaining in the second period, the Hurricanes responded with three unanswered goals. Offseason acquisition, Derek Stepan tallied a goal and an assist and Andrei Svechnikov contributed two assists. Martin Necas netted the game-winner for Carolina at 3:26 of the third period, sneaking one past Chicago goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed the puck to trickle out of his control.

Hurricanes getting it done

“We weren’t great the first two periods, that’s for sure,” coach Brind’Amour said after the game. “I felt like were just kind of going along with the game. We certainly weren’t playing our game the way we needed to. It showed. We were down going into the third, but then we obviously got to it.”

With another win in the books, the Canes are off to their best start in franchise history at 9-0-0.

While nothing can be taken away from Carolina’s record which includes wins against the Islanders, Bruins, and Maple Leafs they’ve had an easy schedule. They’ve beaten Montreal, Columbus, Nashville, Arizona, and Chicago (2x).

The combined record of all opponents faced is just 27-42-6. Only the Isles, Leafs, Jackets, and Bruins are barely over .500 with Columbus being the best at 6-3.

Carolina’s next three games should indicate if they truly belong at the top of the power rankings. They will face the Panthers, Lightning, and Flyers who are a combined 18-5-3.

Daily Goal Horn’s Top Five Teams

As we begin the second month of the season, here are our top five teams in the NHL:

  • Carolina Hurricanes 9-0-0
  • Florida Panthers 8-0-1
  • Edmonton Oilers 8-1-0
  • Calgary Flames 6-1-2
  • St. Louis Blues 6-1-1

–Field Level Media contributed to this report