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Canes Still Place High in Power Rankings

Carolina has won six of their first nine games

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

COLUMBUS - The Carolina Hurricanes stumbled a bit in the win-loss column while in California but have still won six of their first nine games to begin the 2019-20 season.

A 1-2-0 west coast swing caused the Canes to dip just a tad in the power rankings, but they still rank among the top teams on many lists from around the world wide web.

NHL.com
Hurricanes rank: 6
Previous rank: 3

"Erik Haula has a five-game point streak (four goals, one assist). The forward leads the Hurricanes with seven goals, scoring one in seven of their nine games."

NHL.com's power ranking system compiles top-16 lists from 13 staff writers in order to amalgamate a ranking consensus. Among these lists, the Hurricanes ranked as high as 4 (Robert LaFlamme), as low as 12 (Mike Zeisberger) and nearly everywhere in between (6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)

NBC Sports
Hurricanes rank: 2
Previous rank: 1

"Speaking of not playing their best hockey yet, the Hurricanes have won six out of their first nine games and have just three goals from the trio of Sebastian Aho, Nino Niederreiter, and Andrei Svechnikov. It is a testament to the depth they have assembled that three of their top players can be off to such a slow start and the team can still win the way it has."

ESPN.com
Hurricanes rank: 5
Previous rank: 3

"In what has become an annual tradition, the Hurricanes pounced on someone else's salary-cap concern to snag a player who immediately excelled in their system. Erik Haula has seven goals in nine games, meshing well with Ryan Dzingel and Martin Necas. And it's a contract year."

Sportsnet
Hurricanes rank: 9
Previous rank: 5

"Carolina set the world on fire through the first two weeks but has quietly receded back to the pack. We're still not ruling out a Don Waddell mid-season recruitment of the well-rested Justin Williams to join the Jerks and give one of the league's deepest blue lines another bit of support up front."

CBS Sports
Hurricanes rank: 4
Previous rank: 1

"Their top line isn't scoring and they still look really good."

Yahoo! Sports
Hurricanes rank: 5
Previous rank: 1

"Three losses in the last four games, including 12 goals against and only eight scored. Two of them were on that California road swing (almost always three games in four nights) and they actually had to go to LA (win) to San Jose (loss) back to Anaheim (loss), which is a tough quirk of the schedule. Start the season with five wins and you give yourself some wiggle room, but they need everyone to tighten it up a little."

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