The 2011-12 season hasn't been kind to the Carolina Hurricanes.
A year after falling one win shy of the playoffs, the 'Canes have taken several steps backwards, currently occupying last place in the Eastern Conference standings.
A lot has gone wrong in the past few months, leading to the dismissal of head coach Paul Maurice. General manager Jim Rutherford went out on a limb and hired Milwaukee Admirals head coach Kirk Muller as Maurice's replacement, hoping to re-energize a team that Rutherford believes has the tools to succeed.
Unfortunately, Muller has been unable to change Carolina's fortunes thus far; the 'Canes have lost six of the first seven games under his tenure.
Let's take a look at the five main reasons why the Hurricanes have fallen apart.