Canes find being out of the playoffs 'not fun' - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Canes find being out of the playoffs 'not fun'

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Another long summer is here for the Carolina Hurricanes, who are out of the playoffs yet again.

"It's not a good feeling," said defenseman Justin Faulk. "It's both years for me that we haven't made it. It's not fun. It's tough we're leaving on this note."

Carolina finished 13th in the 15-team Eastern Conference with a 19-35-4 record. The Canes gave up 160 goals – only Florida (171) gave up more.

That train wreck of a season followed great promise in preseason, with

So where did a season that had so much promise go bad?

Most point to injuries. The Canes certainly had their fair share, including a devastating, season- ending injury to top goalie Cam Ward March 3.

Ward, however, wouldn't say his injury was the reason the franchise is out of the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

"I don't think so - there were other areas we just weren't good enough, I guess," he said. "It was just bad timing but you had Justin Faulk go down, you had Joni Pitkanen go down.

"You can down the list - just at the end of the day just wasn't good enough."

The Hurricanes need to get better, and fast. Next season Carolina will be in a much tougher division, with the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers and Devils.

A daunting task? Bring it on says the captain.

"That's fine," said Eric Staal. "I think we play better against those teams. I have no problem  about it. I actually think it will be better for our team and our fans."

Relocated hockey fans will ensure a full house at PNC Arena when their teams visit on a more regular basis next season. But for a franchise to survive, it must make the postseason - something the Hurricanes have accomplished just  once in the past seven years.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:57:33 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest homeThe U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
  • High school senior kicked out of prom for wearing pants

    High school senior kicked out of prom for wearing pants

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:27:58 GMT
    According to a senior at Cherryville High School, a pair of her red skinny jeans got her kicked out of her Senior Prom and has started a bit of a controversy at the school since. "In a way it's kind of
    According to a senior at Cherryville High School, a pair of her red skinny jeans got her kicked out of her Senior Prom and has started a bit of a controversy at the school since.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.