Daneyko: Hurricanes Have "It" Factor

Carolina enters the Eastern Conference Finals having won eight of its last nine games

Taz and the Moose
May 08, 2019 - 11:00 am
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In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, goalies can get hot, players can get hot, and teams can get hot.

The Carolina Hurricanes, well, they’re hot. 

They just swept the New York Islanders, have won eight of nine overall, and are back in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.

“If there’s a team left in the playoffs that has that ‘it’ factor, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes,” NHL Network analyst Ken Daneyko said on Taz & The Moose. “We usually say everything can and will go wrong for you. Well, flip that on the reverse side for Carolina. Everything that can and will go right for you, it does.”

Carolina dropped its first two playoff games against Washington before beating the Capitals four times in five games. The Hurricanes have allowed just 11 goals in their eight playoff wins.

“They play like a team, they believe in themselves, and they have a ton of speed,” Daneyko said. “I’m shocked myself that they’ve been able to do it going into the season with two goaltenders you would consider backup goaltenders, but they’ve both been terrific. It doesn’t matter who’s in the net. (Petr) Mrazek went down as we saw, and (Curtis) McElhinney, he’s been great for them as well. He comes in and they don’t miss a beat.”

Carolina limited the Islanders to just one goal in two games on their home ice. The rest of the series was mere formality.

“They’ve got six guys that can play as good as any unit in the National Hockey League,” Daneyko said. “They rely on everybody, and they can throw out every pair and not have a concern, even against top players. I think they’re that mobile, that big and they defend that well. They’ve been quite the story.”

The Hurricanes have a history of that. They’ve reached the playoffs four times since 2002 – and have reached at least the conference finals all four times. They’ve played for two Stanley Cups, winning it all in 2006.

“They don’t make the playoffs often, but when they do, they go to an Eastern Conference Final or win a Stanley Cup,” Daneyko said. “They have gone to at least the second round (every time they’ve made the playoffs). Rod Brind’Amour has done a terrific, terrific job and is a real master motivator.”

Click below to listen to Daneyko’s interview in its entirety.