It was unexpected for the Carolina Hurricanes to make it this far into playoffs but they’ve been apart of the Little Engine That Could. The team finished 4th in the Metro with a record of 46-29-7 (99 points).
The team has followed in the footsteps of their new captain Justin Williams. Williams is an 18 year veteran of the league, with 3 Stanley Cups and over 1,000 NHL games. This season he pushed his Hurricanes forward both on and off the ice.
In the regular season Williams played in all 82 games with 23 goals and 30 assists. He was 3rd on the team in points at 53. Per night, Williams averaged 17 minutes on the ice. Off the ice, Williams encouraged his players and fully endorsed the iconic Storm Surge.
Williams has continued to push his team further into the playoffs. The Hurricanes are currently leading the New York Islanders 2-0 in their series. Williams has 1 goal and 3 assist in 8 games. Where he matters most isn’t recorded on the score sheet. He’s keeping the puck away from the net.
What Williams does best is keep control of the puck which is a key point for the Hurricanes. In the regular season, Williams had a Corsi for of 58.3%, the highest of the players that were in every game. In playoffs, Williams has boosted his percentage to 61.9%. Williams has single handedly made sure that the puck is not going into the net like a second goalie.
In light of recent injuries to Micheal Ferland, Jordan Martinook, and Andrei Svechnikov, Williams has been a positive force for his team, not letting them get too down on themselves. He’s overall an amazing captain and with his lead, the Carolina Hurricanes have a good chance at making it far into this playoff run.