Carolina is moving in the right direction
New coach Peter Laviolette is looking to shift Carolina to a more aggressive approach.
The 2002 Stanley Cup finalists had fallen to the league's worst team in 2002-03 and started this season 8-12-8-2. Without the benefit of training camp, Laviolette just wanted to tweak a few things to play a more up-tempo game. Despite Carolina's pop-gun offense, the new coach couldn't make wholesale changes or else "they'd freeze, like a deer in the headlights."
His most notable change has been shifting to a more aggressive forechecking system from a passive defensive formation in the neutral zone.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE NHL HEADLINES
- Peverley gets standing ovation at Stars game
- Penguins' Neal diagnosed with concussion
- Backstrom to get silver medal despite drug test
- Preds edge Blackhawks for 3rd straight win
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Trademark Games Carolina Hurricanes Cue Rack