Storm Tracking: Surprise, Surprise, Forecasters are Wrong

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina collected points in all 3 games this week on the back of Justin Peters and a solid team defense.

Before the season started, almost all hockey pundits predicted that the Carolina Hurricanes would be in the bottom two of the Metropolitan Division. They said their offense would carry the team, but the defense was a mess and would be the Canes undoing. Fast forward a month and a half into the season and Carolina is currently battling for a Playoff Wild Card and their team defense is what is winning them games. The offense, particularly the top line, continues to struggle and one would hope that if that can be corrected, the Hurricanes might actually be able to put something special together. There is 1 game left for the Canes in the home stand, with a victory or OT loss, they will have secured points in all 5 games. Here are the stats for the week of 11/6/13 through 11/12/13.

Canes Weekly Stats

Players

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

TkA

Patrick Dwyer

3

16:07

1

1

2

2

0

5

7

2

2

4

Nathan Gerbe

3

15:22

0

2

2

2

2

9

2

2

1

4

Jordan Staal

3

17:17

1

1

2

2

0

4

9

4

1

2

Brett Bellemore

3

19:11

0

1

1

E

7

3

7

3

2

2

Drayson Bowman

3

11:16

0

1

1

2

0

2

2

1

1

3

Radek Dvorak

3

12:11

1

0

1

2

4

4

0

0

1

2

Ron Hainsey

3

21:18

0

1

1

1

2

4

5

6

1

1

Ryan Murphy

3

18:38

1

0

1

E

0

9

2

5

3

1

Alexander Semin

3

18:54

0

1

1

E

0

5

1

2

3

0

Jiri Tlusty

3

16:56

1

0

1

1

4

4

0

2

2

3

Justin Faulk

3

23:32

0

0

0

2

0

3

3

4

1

2

Jay Harrison

3

16:41

0

0

0

1

0

4

9

3

1

0

Manny Malhotra

3

15:34

0

0

0

2

0

2

4

5

0

1

Riley Nash

3

12:20

0

0

0

-1

0

1

2

1

0

3

Tuomo Ruutu

3

11:20

0

0

0

-1

0

2

9

3

3

0

Andrej Sekera

3

22:17

0

0

0

1

6

6

2

3

3

6

Eric Staal

3

19:41

0

0

0

E

2

9

3

0

2

6

Chris Terry

3

12:05

0

0

0

-1

0

5

1

1

2

3

Tim Gleason

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mike Komisarek

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Elias Lindholm

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jeff Skinner

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brett Sutter

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kevin Westgarth

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Players

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

Goals Allowed

Saves

Save %

GAA

Anton Khudobin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

0.00

Justin Peters

3

3

2

0

1

85

3

82

0.965

0.98

Cam Ward

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

0.00

Weekly Advanced Stats

Here is a little key to some of my abbriviations. F - For, A - Against, CF% - Corsi For Percentage, FF% - Fenwick For Percentage, SF% - Shots For Percentage, OZst% - Offensive Zone Start Percentage, NZst% - Neutral Zone Start Percentage and DZst% - Defensive Zone Start Percentage. If you would like more advanced statistics, this information was collected from www.extraskater.com.

Goals

All Situation

5 on 5 Close

5 on 5 Zone Starts

Players

F

A

CF%

FF%

SF%

CF%

FF%

SF%

OZst%

NZst%

DZst%

Semin

1

1

55.6

56.8

60.9

50.8

55.3

60.7

42.0

44.0

14.0

Gerbe

2

0

54.2

56.8

55.4

51.6

55.8

60.6

42.3

34.6

23.1

J. Staal

2

1

53.4

52.2

54.4

58.3

63.8

64.7

36.4

27.3

36.4

Terry

0

1

52.6

48.6

38.1

60.0

63.2

50.0

47.6

28.6

23.8

Sekera

2

2

51.8

50.0

50.0

54.8

54.7

61.0

37.0

37.0

26.1

Faulk

2

1

51.7

50.8

51.3

58.0

59.7

67.5

36.2

36.2

27.7

E. Staal

1

1

50.8

53.3

54.9

41.4

46.2

53.1

41.2

43.1

15.7

Bowman

2

0

50.0

49.0

53.6

46.8

45.7

50.0

28.0

28.0

44.0

Tlusty

1

0

49.5

50.6

55.0

42.9

47.8

57.7

43.2

43.2

13.6

Murphy

1

1

49.2

50.6

48.1

43.1

47.1

46.9

40.8

38.8

20.4

Dwyer

2

0

48.5

46.7

48.1

58.2

56.8

60.6

38.9

25.0

36.1

Hainsey

2

1

47.6

50.6

54.3

46.9

50.0

55.0

35.9

20.5

43.6

Ruutu

0

1

47.6

57.1

45.5

44.2

53.8

45.5

42.9

33.3

23.8

Bellemore

1

1

45.8

47.1

51.4

45.0

47.6

54.5

36.1

22.2

41.7

Dvorak

2

0

45.1

42.1

45.9

44.0

42.1

52.4

22.7

31.8

45.5

Nash

0

1

43.8

44.2

32.0

51.4

55.0

44.4

41.7

25.0

33.3

Harrison

2

1

39.1

39.8

36.8

43.1

48.1

47.1

41.3

39.1

19.6

Malhotra

2

1

36.8

38.6

41.9

41.7

47.4

54.2

21.1

18.4

60.5

Gleason

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Komisarek

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lindholm

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Skinner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sutter

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Westgarth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Who's Hot

  • Justin Peters - That's right, the guy we fans have no confidence in, he is playing quite well and allowing the Canes to pick up points. Peters had a 0.965 save percentage for the week and ranks 12th among qualified goalies on the season with a 0.922 save percentage. He also had a 0.98 goals against average that included a shutout. Let me say that again, Justin Peters averaged less than 1 goal against for the week! And oh yeah, he also added an assist for his first NHL point. The team's defense is definitely helping out their goaltender, but Peters is giving this team a chance to win while their offense is struggling. I don't know if anybody would have seen this coming and Peters deserves credit for his performance.
  • Jordan Staal - Jordan has had a lot of pressure here in Carolina since his arrival. The Canes gave up a lot to get him and he hasn't exactly been great. But Jordan had a pretty good one this week. He tied for the team lead in points, goals and hits. He was a +2, added 4 blocked shots and won 66.7% of his faceoffs. His possession numbers were all top 5 on the team, leading the team in 5 on 5 Close Fenwick For. And you have to factor in who he was playing to get those numbers. He was going against lines led by John Tavares, Zach Parise and Matt Duchene. These are big time player that were held pointless against Carolina and combined for a -3 rating. While we still want more from Jordan, he looks like he has taken the next step to being that shutdown center this team needs.
  • Drayson Bowman - This is a little bit out of left field, but I thought Bowman deserved to be mentioned. Since Manny Malhotra arrived, Bowman has feed off the veteran's style of play. He has seen his time on ice increase slightly and has been noticeable on the ice. His possession numbers aren't great, but they certainly aren't bad considering that he starts the majority of his shifts in the defensive zone. He also picked up a helper this week, was a +2 and was not on the ice for any goals against. He may never turn into the player he was in Juniors, but he looks to be a very solid 4th line player that can provide some extra stuff now and then.

Who's Not

  • Tuomo Ruutu - I hate putting Ruutu here again, but his play warrants it. Ruutu ended the week as 1 of only 3 Canes that finished with a minus (his linemates were the other 2). He was held pointless again and he had the second lowest time on ice of every player this week. He is either not fully recovered from his injury or he has just lost his game. On a positive note, he didn't commit any penalties this week and did deliver 9 hits. But for a player making the money he does, he needs to deliver a lot more than just hits.
  • Eric Staal - Speaking of players not earning their contract. Eric is continuing to struggle offensively and it is having a ripple effect throughout the lineup. If Eric isn't going, then Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty aren't as effective. If the top line isn't scoring, then pressure to score and shutdown are translated to Jordan's line. If the team isn't scoring, then there is added pressure on the defense and goaltender. All of this because Eric can put the puck in the net. He did have a successful week in the faceoff circle, but Eric is depended on to put points up and needs to get out of his funk now!
  • Riley Nash - Nash is a guy that hasn't been playing poorly, but he hasn't been playing that well either. He does some things every now and then, but he just doesn't seem capable of holding down a 3rd line center position in the NHL. He seems to get knocked off the puck a lot and really provides no offense at all. His faceoffs really aren't that great and his possession numbers are generally among the lowest on the team. And since Malhotra has come aboard, Nash has seen his time on ice drop. Might it be a good time to see if Victor Rask could provide something at the NHL level. With Malhotra basically being the 3rd line center, Rask could be sheltered and maybe he could provide a little offensive bump to Ruutu or Terry? I'm not saying this should be a permanent solution, but currently this line is providing little to no offense.

Notable Weekly Team Stats

  • The Canes averaged 1.67 goals per game, 4th worst in the league. But after 1.00 and 1.33 the previous 2 weeks, 1.67 is better.
  • Carolina's 1.00 goals against per game was tied for 3rd in the NHL with Los Angeles. What's more impressive is that Carolina did this with their 3rd string goalie.
  • The Hurricanes PP was perfect for the week, perfectly bad! Going 0 for 6 on the man advantage. The PK was pretty successful at 88.9%, good for a tie for 9th.
  • The team's faceoffs continue to improve since Malhotra arrived. They were 2nd in the NHL at 59.7%. Surprisingly the Staal's were actually better than Malhotra. I guess practicing against such a good faceoff man has it's advantages. Jordan was at 66.7%, Eric was at 63.0%, Manny was at 62.3% and Riley was 38.1%.
  • The Canes were in the bottom 10 for the week in hits (68), giveaways (29) and shots per game (27.0). They led the NHL in takeaways with 43.
  • Team Stat of the Week - Shots Against per Game - 28.3 - The Canes allowed more shots than they took, but when is the last time you remember Carolina averaging less than 30 shots against for any given period of time? It happens, but it still is rare. The 28.3 shots against per game was good for 9th fewest in the league and just shows how this team has turned to defense.

Former Canes Weekly Stats

Players

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

Bks

GvA

TkA

A. Ladd

WPG

4

19:13

1

4

5

1

4

10

6

1

1

2

R. Carter

NJD

4

11:18

2

2

4

4

8

7

10

0

1

2

J. Williams

LAK

3

18:40

2

0

2

1

2

9

1

0

2

0

J. Jokinen

PIT

2

15:07

1

0

1

-4

0

4

2

0

0

0

D. Seidenberg

BOS

3

21:44

0

1

1

1

0

6

10

3

1

2

R. Whitney

DAL

2

19:33

0

1

1

-2

0

4

0

0

3

1

C. Adams

PIT

2

12:57

0

0

0

-1

2

3

3

2

0

0

B. Allen

ANA

4

19:33

0

0

0

E

6

3

15

8

2

0

T. Bodie

TOR

2

5:43

0

0

0

E

0

0

1

0

0

0

E. Cole

DAL

2

8:32

0

0

0

-2

0

1

0

0

0

0

J. Corvo

OTT

1

20:28

0

0

0

-1

0

0

2

1

0

0

M. Cullen

NSH

4

14:58

0

0

0

-2

0

6

3

1

0

0

Z. Dalpe

VAN

3

7:12

0

0

0

E

0

1

2

0

0

0

P. Eaves

DET

1

11:43

0

0

0

E

0

2

5

1

0

0

A. Hall

PHI

3

9:27

0

0

0

E

2

4

2

1

0

2

J. McBain

BUF

3

20:00

0

0

0

E

2

4

1

3

2

0

B. Sutter

PIT

2

15:09

0

0

0

-2

0

3

1

1

0

1

R. Vrbata

PHX

1

7:51

0

0

0

E

0

3

1

0

0

0

J. Welsh

VAN

3

7:28

0

0

0

E

0

4

2

1

1

0

A. Alberts

VAN

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

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