Honestly, I don't feel like Burns has hit his stride yet ... mostly because the power play has been so woeful ... so if he gets on a heater before the end of the season, then it would make up for Skjei's inevitable return to being a normal turtle. Also neither Slavin nor Pesce has had much shooting luck this season. Both of them are candidates to pick up the pace a bit in the second half. Bottom line, I don't really care that much but I think they've got a shot at 50.With the Canes D effectively leading the scoring the past couple of weeks, if you are wondering what the franchise's NHL record is for most goals scored in a season by Defenseman, the number is 51, accomplished by the Whalers in each of their first 2 NHL seasons.
In 1979-80, Mark Howe, Al Sims and Gordie Roberts had 42 of the 51 goals scored by Dmen
In 1980-81, Mark Howe, Al Sims and Thommy Abrahamsson had 42 of the 51 goals scored by Dmen
The Canes record is 48, set in 2018-19 (Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk and Jaccob Slavin had 37 of those).
We can certainly expect the Canes Dmen this season to fall off their blistering pace of the past 2 weeks. The Dmen have scored 14 goals in the past 8 games. But the Canes and franchise records are definitely in jeopardy. The Canes Dmen already have 30 goals scored in 45 games which would put them on pace to finish with 55 goals.
Something useless to keep an eye on while we wait to see if the Pacioretty season ending injury spurs significant action by the Canes front office.