Carolina Hurricanes: Positives and Negatives from Start to 2013 Season

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Carolina Hurricanes: Positives and Negatives from Start to 2013 Season
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Five games into the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes are 2-3.

It's the exact same record the 'Canes had five games into last season, when Paul Maurice was still the coach and seemingly nothing was going right in Raleigh.

And thus, it's also far below this season's expectations for the Hurricanes, a team highly touted during the preseason after being revamped with star newcomers Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin.

But none of Carolina's early-season struggles can be blamed on Staal or Semin—nor any of the Hurricanes' other cornerstone forwards, either. The upper lines had a fantastic January, through and through.

Instead, the 'Canes have simply found themselves unable to keep pucks out of their own goal. Offseason concerns about an overly aggressive defensive unit have proven fruitful. Goaltending, of all positions, has also been an issue.

The Hurricanes are still just one game below .500, though, and will have plenty more opportunities—43 of them, in fact—to turn this moderately underwhelming start around. A reflection of Carolina's biggest positives and negatives through its first five games falls on the coming slides.

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