Hurricanes go winless in October
The Carolina Hurricanes would have likely been delighted to flip the calendar from October to November on Saturday.
The Hurricanes didn't register a win in October, going 0-6-2 to start the season.
Injuries likely played a part, as captain Eric Staal and top-six forward Jeff Skinner played three and four of the eight games respectively.
The goaltending tandem of Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin has allowed the highest team goals-against average in the NHL (3.80) and has the lowest save percentage in the league (.860).
Carolina's 1.88 goals per game ranks third-worst in the league ahead of only the Florida Panthers (1.5) and the Buffalo Sabres (1.09). The Hurricanes' 25.1 shots per game is worse than every other NHL club except the Sabres (21.2).
The advanced stats are kinder to Carolina, however. The Hurricanes have a Corsi For percentage of 49.76 at even strength, which ranks 18th, according to War-On-Ice.
Carolina's PDO is a league-low 91.9 (according to stats.hockeyanalysis.com), which suggests that the Hurricanes have been the league's most unlucky team over the first eight games.
That number should provide hope for the Hurricanes, who can't possibly remain that unfortunate all season long.