As Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller sees it, the less said about the power play the better. He’d rather talk about goalie Cam Ward, who has not played since suffering a lower-body injury Oct. 24 but was back at practice Sunday. He’d rather talk about the improved play of his defensive corps or the strong team effort Saturday in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. It’s not that Muller is trying to dodge questions about the lack of productivity on the power play, but he said nearly every team in the NHL has shortcomings and problem areas, and the power play happens to be one of the Canes’ for now. “We’re building this team over 82 games (and) you’ve got to find ways to get better in your game everywhere,” Muller said. “Everyone has their little situations or dilemmas that they’re not happy about. Some teams right now are solely winning on special teams and goaltending, and five-on-five play is not that great. I think our 5-on-5 play right now is doing really well and we need to work on our power play. “I don’t want this to be this monster where we’re all talking about the power play not doing well … where it disrupts the confidence of our 5-on-5 play. We’ll work on it and we’ve got to keep guys confident.” The Hurricanes (6-7-4) got even-strength goals from Ryan Murphy and Jiri Tlusty on Saturday against the Wild and had a chance to win in overtime with a four-on-three power play. Compounding the power-play issue was that a delayed penalty against the Wild was called. The Canes continued with a five-on-four advantage for about 40 seconds rather than allowing the Wild to gain possession and preserve more time for the four-on-three. Muller said the coaches were yelling for the Canes to give up the puck to no avail.
Canes power-play struggles continue
Raleigh News & Observer | Nov 11