The Carolina Hurricanes' lockout-shortened 2012-13 season hasn't begun they way they had hoped.
Two games, two goals and nine goals against. A 1-for-11 power play. An 8-for-12 penalty kill.
With newcomers Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin and Dan Ellis in the fold, and promising youngsters Zac Dalpe, Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Bobby Sanguinetti also working their way up, losing wasn't supposed to be the norm this season.
But it has. And that needs to change.
Staal and Semin must start making a difference. Cam Ward and Eric Staal must start playing like they did back in 2006. And all of the pieces in between—from Patrick Dwyer, an early-season bright spot,to Joe Corvo, living up to his unreliable reputation—must start taking responsibility for their roles, as well
All of the 'Canes—but, in particular, these seven cornerstone players—must be beyond satisfactory in 2012-13 to hoist this team from an 0-2 trainwreck to a playoff contender. How can they pull it off? A look at the stats the 'Canes must expect from their best players in order to make the playoffs falls on the coming slides.