Team Recap: 17th-Seeded ’98-’99 Carolina Hurricanes

The 17th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '98-'99 Carolina Hurricanes.

The 17th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’98-’99 Carolina Hurricanes.

  • Bates Battaglia (LW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Paul Coffey (D)
    • 13 GP   0 G   6 A   6 P   +9   21 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kevin Dineen (RW)
    • 13 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   22 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nelson Emerson (RW)
    • 13 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   44 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ron Francis (C)
    • 13 GP   4 G   10 A   14 P   +8   35 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   6 Stars
  • Martin Gelinas (LW)
    • 13 GP   2 G   3 A   5 P   +1   24 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Steven Halko (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sean Hill (D)
    • 13 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   14 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Arturs Irbe (G)
    • 13 GP   7-6-0   2.54 GAA   .929 SV%   1 SO   15 Stars
  • Sami Kapanen (LW)
    • 13 GP   1 G   8 A   9 P   +4   49 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Karpa (D)
    • 13 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   16 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Trevor Kidd (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (3 SA)   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Andrei Kovalenko (RW)
    • 13 GP   5 G   3 A   8 P   +7   29 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Curtis Leschyshyn (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marek Malik (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jeff O’Neill (C)
    • 13 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   +1   44 S   1 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nolan Pratt (D)
    • 13 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   +6   21 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Keith Primeau (C)
    • 13 GP   6 G   6 A   12 P   +5   85 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   6 Stars
  • Gary Roberts (LW)
    • 13 GP   8 G   9 A   17 P   +9   69 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   8 Stars
  • Ray Sheppard (RW)
    • 13 GP   6 G   6 A   12 P   +5   44 S   4 GWG   6 PIM   2 Stars
  • Glen Wesley (D)
    • 13 GP   3 G   6 A   9 P   +14   60 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   4 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 7-6-0
  • Goals Scored: 42
  • Goals/Game: 3.23
  • Goals Allowed: 33
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.54
  • Shots: 581
  • Shots Allowed: 469
  • Shots/Game: 44.7
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 36.1
  • # of PP’s: 17
  • PPG’s: 3
  • PP%: 17.7%
  • TSH: 20
  • PPGA: 8
  • PK%: 60.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 58

To say that I was surprised to see this team representing the Whalers/Hurricanes would be an understatement. The Whalers had some good teams in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The Hurricanes have also made two trips to the Final and one Stanley Cup championship, but its a team that lost in the first round of the playoffs representing this franchise.

1st Round:

Defeated 48th-seeded ’30-’31 Philadelphia Quakers, 4-2

2nd Round:

Lost to 16th-seeded ’03-’04 Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, after leading 3-0

The ’98-’99 Carolina Hurricanes, under longtime head coach Paul Maurice, finished the regular season with a record of 34-30-18, which was good for 86 points and 1st in the Southeast Division. The Canes were ranked 15th in the league, out of 27, in goals for (210) and 9th in the league in goals against (202). Hockey Reference ranked Carolina’s strength of schedule as 16th in the league and their SRS rating system had Carolina as the 13th best team in the league. The Canes faced off against the Boston Bruins in the first round and were eliminated in six games.

The Canes didn’t have any standouts on offense. Keith Primeau was the team’s leading-scorer with 62 points in 78 games played. Diminutive winger Sami Kapanen were second on the team with 59 points in 81 games played and Ray Sheppard was third with 58 points in 74 games. Those three were also top three in goals with Primeau first (30), Sheppard second (25) and Kapanen third (24). Again, those three were the teams top three in assists with Kapanen first (35), Sheppard second (33) and Primeau third (32). Longtime Canes defenseman Glen Wesley made the most offensive impact for any blueliner on the squad. He posted seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points. Defensemen Nolan Pratt, Wesley and Sean Hill were the team leaders in plus/minus with ratings of +15, +14 and +9, respectively. The legendary Arturs Irbe was a mainstay in net for Carolina. He appeared in 62 games and posted a 2.22 goals against average and a .923 save percentage with six shutouts.

Up next is the #18 seed, the ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks!

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