I have defended the powerplay for weeks now because while they weren't scoring goals, they were at least creating chances and getting shots on net. That's all I really wanted to see after how terrible it was last season in both areas but I have almost nothing positive to say about how the powerplay performed the last two games. Against Washington, they had four opportunities with the extra man, scored on none of them and created only three chances. It's okay, bad games happen right? Well, an even worse game happened Sunday against the Dallas Stars where the Canes had nine opportunities on the powerplay, a few of them coming when the game was reasonably still in reach and they managed to create only five scoring chances. Sure, they scored twice but one of those came when the game was already 5-1 in favor of Dallas and they also gave up a shorthanded goal. Just awful.
The scoring chances for this game do not reflect the game too well because a lot of Carolina's came in garbage time and all Dallas had to do for 60% of the time was sit back and watch the Canes dig their own grave as they could not sustain any pressure for a prolonged period of time. The Stars just had to wait for Carolina to make a mistake and that's exactly what they did which is why this game got so out of hand early. That and the awful powerplay which I talked about earlier.
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