Canes find being out of the playoffs 'not fun' - WNCN: News, Weather

Canes find being out of the playoffs 'not fun'

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Another long summer is here for the Carolina Hurricanes, who are out of the playoffs yet again.

"It's not a good feeling," said defenseman Justin Faulk. "It's both years for me that we haven't made it. It's not fun. It's tough we're leaving on this note."

Carolina finished 13th in the 15-team Eastern Conference with a 19-35-4 record. The Canes gave up 160 goals – only Florida (171) gave up more.

That train wreck of a season followed great promise in preseason, with

So where did a season that had so much promise go bad?

Most point to injuries. The Canes certainly had their fair share, including a devastating, season- ending injury to top goalie Cam Ward March 3.

Ward, however, wouldn't say his injury was the reason the franchise is out of the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

"I don't think so - there were other areas we just weren't good enough, I guess," he said. "It was just bad timing but you had Justin Faulk go down, you had Joni Pitkanen go down.

"You can down the list - just at the end of the day just wasn't good enough."

The Hurricanes need to get better, and fast. Next season Carolina will be in a much tougher division, with the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers and Devils.

A daunting task? Bring it on says the captain.

"That's fine," said Eric Staal. "I think we play better against those teams. I have no problem  about it. I actually think it will be better for our team and our fans."

Relocated hockey fans will ensure a full house at PNC Arena when their teams visit on a more regular basis next season. But for a franchise to survive, it must make the postseason - something the Hurricanes have accomplished just  once in the past seven years.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

    Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:53:18 GMT
    A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed...
    A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed...
  • Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:14:57 GMT
    Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.