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Regular Season Record: 45-30-7, 97 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2-0
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2006
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2006
Last Postseason Appearance: 2006
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Eric Staal (1), Ray Whitney (1), Rod Brind'Amour (1), Matt Cullen (1), Erik Cole (1), Chad LaRose (1), Anton Babchuk (1), Niclas Wallin (1), Frantisek Kaberle (1), Cam Ward (1)
How They Got Here: The Hurricanes responded to a Game 1 loss at the hands of the Bruins with three straight wins, and eventually the winner in Game 7, to send them to the Eastern Conference final. The Canes were in a similar situation in the first round where they faced a Game 7 against New Jersey and prevailed. Centre Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward were outstanding in Carolina's series win over the Devils and the efforts continued in the second round, Staal collecting four goals, six points and a minus-1 rating in seven games. Ward surrendered eight goals in games five and six, but stood on his head in the deciding game to help his club advance to the Eastern Conference Final.
A Reason To Cheer For The Hurricanes: Carolina was a great story when they won the Cup in 2006, but everything went downhill from there as the club missed the postseason for the next two years. But with head coach Paul Maurice returning behind the bench, the Hurricanes were one of the hottest teams down the final stretch and look like a contender in the wide-open Eastern Conference.
What They Bring To The Table: A bust in Edmonton with 27 points in 63 games, Erik Cole returned to Carolina in a trade deadline deal and brought back instant chemistry. Reunited with Eric Staal on the top line, Cole should be one of several big weapons up front. In net, Cam Ward is also on his game, breaking the franchise record with 39 victories this season and finishing 14-4-2 over the last 20 games. A Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2006, Ward has been a workhorse in goal, building a 10-1-2 record in March and finishing the season with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. Up front, Eric Staal led all Hurricanes in goals (40) while Tuomo Ruutu set a career high with 26 goals. On the blueline, Joe Corvo led all Hurricanes defenceman in points (38) while Anton Babchuk had a career season, posting 16 goals (best among all 'Canes blueliners) and 19 assists with a plus- 13 rating.