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.