The Carolina Hurricanes aim to return to the playoffs in 2019-'20 after an improbable deep playoff run last season. The 2018-'19 Hurricanes shocked the hockey world by beating the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and then subsequently sweeping the New York Islanders in Round 2. The 'Canes eventually lost to the Stanley Cup Finalist Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. Last season, the 'Canes energized the entire league with their team chemistry and impressive post-game on-ice celebrations. After being infamously chastised by old-school hockey personality Don Cherry as "a bunch of jerks", the 'Canes embraced their identity and it seemed to galvanize their team and fanbase even more. The Hurricanes return a talented roster this season led by young superstars Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. Winger Andrei Svechnikov returns for his sophomore season. Svechnikov is a former #2 overall draft pick, so don't be surprised if he breaks out in season number two. On defense, Justin Falk and Dougie Hamilton form a solid first pairing. In 2019-'20, the league will be ready for the high-powered Hurricanes, so it won't be an easy task to repeat as Eastern Conference Finalists. However, the Hurricanes have a talented young roster and if their goaltending is adequate, they undoubtedly have the pieces to make another playoff run. The hockey market in Raleigh is rabid - it's certainly worth a trip to PNC Arena whenever you are in town!