The Carolina Hurricanes were formed in 1972 and joined the NHL in 1979. At the time they
were known as the Hartford Whalers, until they moved to North Carolina in 1997. The team
has played in the Southeast division and the Eastern Conference ever since. While the team
has not had astounding success in the past 20 or so years, they did manage to win a sole
Stanley Cup victory in 2005-2006, much to the delight of Carolina Hurricanes tickets holders.
The team is well supported in North Carolina.
Those that buy Carolina Hurricanes tickets have gotten their money's worth in recent
seasons. They won the division title three times in the past 20 years and they have also won
two conference titles in 2001-2002 and 2005-2006. The painful Stanley Cup final loss of
2001-2002 was avenged a few years later, much to the delight of Carolina residents.
The past five seasons have been a difficult time for Carolina Hurricanes tickets holders.
The fans have seen their team struggle to make the playoffs, with just one appearance in
the past five seasons. They were 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, and 5th in their division the past five
seasons. Only 2008-09 brought a playoff berth, where they lost in the Conference finals to
the Penguins. Regular Carolina Hurricanes tickets buyers will hope that roster changes and
other tweaks can help the team improve on their recent results. The four new players that
have been traded into the team for the 2012-2013 season should help to erase some of the
bad memories of recent years.
In 1999 the PNC Arena was opened and the Carolina Hurricanes began playing their home
games there. The arena can hold 18,176 fans and is also the home of the NCSU Basketball
team. For most hockey games, Carolina Hurricanes tickets are sell outs. There are television
blackouts for many games, which gives further encouragement to fans to see their team live.
Raleigh, North Carolina is the perfect home for the Hurricanes and fans have really taken to
Those who regularly buy Carolina Hurricanes tickets have seen their team have some great
highs, but also some devastating lows. However, they have kept buying Carolina Hurricanes
tickets in high numbers no matter how the season turns out. Many home games are sell outs
and for rivalry games it can be hard to get Carolina Hurricanes tickets unless you make your
purchase well in advance.
Fans in Raleigh and other parts of North Carolina are used to seeing some top class talent on
the Hurricanes roster. The likes of Glen Wesley, Gordie Howe, and Ron Francis have all had
their numbers retired. They have made some good first round draft picks in the past, with
the likes of Andrew Ladd and Jack Johnson enjoying successful NHL careers so far.
The Carolina Hurricanes and their fans will be hoping that 2012-2013 is a turning point. Not
making the playoffs for the past two years has been disappointing, especially as a lot of
losses have been by very tight margins. Better concentration and defense could result in the
Hurricanes being playoff contenders come next post season.
12-9-13: The Hurricanes went 3-0 last week with two road wins and an impressive home win over the San Jose Sharks. Their mini run propelled the Hurricanes into third in the Metropolitan Division and has the team looking at a playoff berth if the playoffs started today. Eric Staal has points in 11 of his last 12 games, and in that span has scored four times and added 10 assists for 14 points. He’s making a case to be on Team Canada for the Olympics.
12-2-13: Carolina split a home-and-home with New Jersey this past week and then loss 3-2 to the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Cam Ward has returned from his knee injury, but he may not be fully recovered. Ward has allowed three-plus goals in five of his six games since returning to the Carolina lineup and has a .903 save percentage in that span. Goaltending has been an issue for the ‘Canes this year. If they can figure out their situation in net and get some scoring up front, Carolina could still make the playoffs in the East.
11-25-13: The Hurricanes had a rough week going 1-3 with two losses to the Bruins and one loss to the Red Wings. Their lone win came against the Senators. Eric Staal continues to be the Hurricanes best player. In 24 games played, Staal has registered six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. He’s minus-11 is a bit of a concern though. As a whole, the Hurricanes have underachieved so far this season as much more has been expected of them.
11-18-13: The Hurricanes handed the Colorado Avalanche their first road loss of the season last Thursday and beat the Ducks in a shootout. Unfortunately, they did lose to a well-rested Blues squad but played fairly well throughout the game. Nathan Gerbe, who was bought out by the Sabres last season, came over to Carolina in the offseason and wasn’t expected to contribute much. Gerbe has already matched his point total of 10 from last season and is second in team scoring behind Eric Staal.
11-12-13: The Hurricanes snapped their five-game losing streak early last week by defeating the Flyers in overtime. They also beat the Islanders and lost in a shootout to Minnesota. For all their struggles, Carolina is only one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, due to the poor play of the Metropolitan Division. Jeff Skinner is expected to miss another two weeks with a hand injury according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
11-5-13: The Hurricanes were outscored 11-2 in all three losses last week. Two of the three games were at home and they were outshot and outplayed in every game. GM Jim Rutherford must find another solution in goal. Carolina is now 0-5-0 since Justin Peters took over in goal for the injured Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin. Peters doesn’t belong in the NHL and why the Canes still have him around baffles me. The ship quickly sinking in Raleigh.
10-29-13: Last week, all seemed well for the Carolina Hurricanes. They were playing well and we’re healthy overall. This week is a different story. The loss two road games to Colorado and Minnesota by a combine score of 7-3. Goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin are out with significant injuries. Justin Peters in the team’s starter right now and his numbers have been awful throughout his NHL career. He has .896 save percentage for Carolina in 49 games played.
10-21-13: The Jackets snapped a four-game losing streak last Sunday with a much needed victory over Vancouver. Curtis McElhinney made his first NHL start since New Year’s Eve of 2011 and stopped 37 of 38 shots thrown his way. It seems like the Jackets have taken a step back this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has been average between the pipes. Marion Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky have been pedestrian. Columbus has 19 goals in eight games. You won’t win many hockey games if you can’t score.
10-14-13: Is it 2006 again? It sure feels like it for the Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltender Cam Ward has a .920 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average and the Hurricanes are relevant again. Last year was a year to forget for Jeff Skinner. He managed 24 points in 42 games but was a whopping minus -21. So far this year, Skinner leads ‘Canes with 7 points and seems to be having fun again. Sniper Alex Semin has been non-existent early on.
10-7-13: Carolina lost a tough 3-2 contest in overtime to Detroit on opening night, but bounced back nicely beating the Philadelphia Flyers. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin was solid in net versus Philly and could very well challenge Cam Ward for the number one slot throughout the season. Hurricanes fans hope Alexander Semin wakes up sometime soon.
8-22-13: Carolina is one of eight teams in the new Metropolitan Division and they will look qualify for the postseason for the first time in five years. The Canes open up the 2013-14 campaign at home on Friday Oct. 4 against Detroit. Since 2009-10, Carolina is 2-11-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. They make their only appearance on NBC Sports Network against their new division rival on Tuesday Nov. 5. Their toughest stretch of the season is from November 16 to 24 where they’re at St. Louis, home against Boston, at Detroit and Boston, and home against Ottawa.
7-22-13: The Hurricanes signed right wing Jared Staal to a one-year, two-way contract, according to an NHL.com report. The deal will pay Staal $550,000 if he plays in the NHL and $60,000 if he's in the AHL during the 2013-14 season.
Hurricanes 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #5: Elias Lindholm, C
Pick #66: Brett Pesce, D
Pick #126: Brent Pedersen, LW
Pick #156: Tyler Ganly, D