The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging an NHL best 40.3 shots per game so far this season and… well let’s just say they’re not about to let up anytime soon. In fact, the team put up an incredible 29 (!!!) shots in the first period of tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, to earn a 2-1 lead.
If that sounds crazy it’s because it is. In fact the Leafs have allowed 29 shots or more only six times this season and it’s only the first intermission…
To no one’s surprise, the Hurricanes have set a new record in shots per period with tonight’s first period performance.
Here's the thing though... the Hurricanes have a bit of a reputation for "padding" their shots on goal at home. Truth be told, of the 29 shots the team had in the first frame, only five or six can truly be considered scoring chances. Now, having said that, it's certainly a strategy that has worked early this season for rookie head coach Rod Brind'Amour and you can bet that Leafs head coach Mike Babcock won't be happy with his team's first period performance.