With one final preseason game left to be played, Canes coach Bill Peters said Friday he was not happy with the power play.
“It hasn’t been good enough,” he said.
What aspects of the power play aren’t good enough?
“Everything,” Peters replied.
“Faceoffs, zone entries, retrievals, decision-making. It’s been poor,” he added. “If you’re honest about it … I saw a seam pass today that was just dismal, it was brutal, from a veteran player trying to make a seam pass that’s not there.
“It’s not going to be there in the pregame skate, it’s not going to be there tonight. It’s not going to be there in Game One and not going to be there in Game 82. So figure it out.”
The Canes have scored once in 14 power plays in the preseason. Nathan Gerbe banged in a shot from the slot Wednesday on a 5-on-3 power play against the Wasington Capitals.
The Canes at Friday’s skate had one power-play unit of Eric Staal, Kris Versteeg, Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask and Justin Faulk. A second PP unit had Jordan Staal, Gerbe, Jeff Skinner, James Wisniewski and John-Michael Liles.
Peters said assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour, who handles the power play, wanted continuity with the units but that changes still were being considered.
“We haven’t scored a five-on-four goal,” Peters said. “I’m not set with that at all.”
The Canes (3-2 preseason) face the Pittsburgh Penguins in their final exhibition game Friday at PNC Arena. The Pens are 5-for-28 (17.8 percent) on the power play and scored twice in their 7-3 win over the Canes on Sept. 22 in Pittsburgh.
“They’ve got a 1-3-1 look and they’ve got Sid (Crosby) in the middle or Geno (Malkin),” Peters said. “You’ve got Phil (Kessel) on the other side and (Patric) Hornqvist at the net. It’s dangerous. It’s pick your poison, right?”
Defenseman Ron Hainsey has missed practice, did not play against the Caps and missed the skate Friday with a lower-body jury. Peters said Hainsey’s absence has become a concern, saying, “It’s Day Four and that makes me nervous.”
The Canes’ lines for the Pens will have Eric Staal centering Versteeg and Lindholm, Jordan Staal with Gerbe and Riley Nash, Rask centering Skinner and Chris Terry and Jay McClement at center with Andrej Nestrasil and Joakim Nordstrom.
The defensive pairs will have Faulk with Michal Jordan, Noah Hanifin and Ryan Murphy and Wisniewski with Liles.
Cam Ward will be the starting goalie after Eddie Lack got the start -- and the win -- Wednesday in the 4-3 shootout victory over the Caps.
“It’s our last kick of the can prior to the season,” Peters said. “I think the guys are looking forward to playing tonight and having a good practice (Saturday), take a day off and then get ready for the season.”