Storm Tracking: Wind Chill Halts Hurricane

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes picked up some steam with a hot January, but some brisk winds from Canada left the boys from Raleigh cold entering the Olympic break.

Even after a very good month of January, a cold start to February has the Canes in a similar, yet different position to where they started off the new year. On January 1st, the Hurricanes were 5 points behind 3rd place Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division for the last playoff spot. But they were coming off an emotional comeback against the Montreal Canadians and they rode that feeling to a successful month. Now, the Canes are 3 points behind Detroit for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but this time they are coming off a disappointing loss to those same Montreal Canadians. Let's hope the guys take this 2 1/2 weeks off to recover and figure out what they need to do to put some wins together and get back in the playoff picture. Here are the stats from the short week of 2/5/14 though 2/9/14.

Canes Weekly Stats

Players

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

TkA

Riley Nash

2

14:45

1

1

2

E

0

5

2

0

2

3

Jeff Skinner

2

14:58

0

2

2

-2

0

7

0

0

1

2

Brett Bellemore

2

18:28

1

0

1

1

5

3

3

2

0

1

Drayson Bowman

2

14:57

1

0

1

1

0

6

2

0

1

2

Justin Faulk

2

22:47

0

1

1

-2

0

1

4

7

2

2

Elias Lindholm

2

14:42

0

1

1

-1

0

1

1

0

0

4

Tuomo Ruutu

2

13:35

0

1

1

1

2

4

7

0

1

3

Andrej Sekera

2

20:47

1

0

1

-1

2

8

3

4

0

2

Alexander Semin

2

18:47

1

0

1

1

0

5

0

1

5

0

Eric Staal

2

18:15

0

1

1

2

0

7

0

0

4

2

Jordan Staal

2

16:02

0

1

1

-1

2

0

1

3

4

2

Jiri Tlusty

2

17:11

1

0

1

1

0

5

3

2

2

1

Patrick Dwyer

2

11:48

0

0

0

-1

0

4

4

2

0

0

Nathan Gerbe

2

11:52

0

0

0

-1

0

1

1

0

1

1

Ron Hainsey

2

22:59

0

0

0

E

0

2

4

4

1

0

Jay Harrison

2

17:53

0

0

0

2

0

0

4

2

0

0

Mike Komisarek

1

10:32

0

0

0

E

2

1

1

1

0

0

John-Michael Liles

1

18:54

0

0

0

E

0

3

0

5

1

0

Manny Malhotra

2

10:35

0

0

0

-1

2

1

0

1

0

1

Zach Boychuk

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Radek Dvorak

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ryan Murphy

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aaron Palushaj

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

Chris Terry

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

A. Khudobin

2

2

1

1

0

58

4

54

0.931

2.00

Justin Peters

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.000

0.00

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 abbreviations. 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%

Nash

2

2

65.5

63.6

59.4

73.9

77.8

71.4

23.8

38.1

38.1

Ruutu

2

1

65.5

63.6

61.3

76.2

81.3

75.0

21.1

42.1

36.8

Skinner

2

3

63.9

64.3

57.7

67.9

70.6

58.3

38.1

33.3

28.6

Lindholm

2

2

62.1

61.5

54.2

64.0

66.7

54.5

40.0

35.0

25.0

Bowman

2

1

59.4

57.7

59.5

73.7

80.0

75.0

27.3

36.4

36.4

Bellemore

1

0

58.3

54.7

47.1

54.8

57.1

50.0

28.6

37.1

34.3

J. Staal

1

1

57.4

60.5

52.2

61.9

69.2

55.6

35.0

35.0

30.0

Sekera

5

5

56.1

56.6

59.3

64.1

68.8

68.0

33.3

46.7

20.0

Tlusty

2

1

52.4

54.8

53.5

48.5

51.9

54.2

48.3

37.9

13.8

E. Staal

3

1

52.1

52.8

55.1

54.3

55.6

58.3

51.5

33.3

15.2

Hainsey

0

0

51.8

56.9

53.8

53.1

56.5

52.6

33.3

30.6

36.1

Semin

2

1

51.1

54.4

55.6

48.5

51.9

54.2

48.5

33.3

18.2

Faulk

4

5

50.5

52.4

54.5

64.1

67.7

66.7

32.3

45.2

22.6

Liles

0

0

42.2

50.0

54.5

50.0

57.1

57.1

35.7

28.6

35.7

Harrison

2

0

41.9

38.5

36.4

48.1

43.8

42.9

34.4

25.0

40.6

Komisarek

0

0

41.2

30.0

42.9

42.9

37.5

42.9

40.0

20.0

40.0

Dwyer

0

1

37.8

29.4

35.0

35.3

36.4

44.4

13.6

31.8

54.5

Gerbe

0

1

35.6

33.3

35.3

31.3

30.0

37.5

9.5

33.3

57.1

Malhotra

0

1

26.1

25.0

31.6

29.4

27.3

33.3

10.0

35.0

55.0

Boychuk

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dvorak

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Murphy

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Palushaj

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sutter

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Terry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Who's Hot

  • Riley Nash - Nash has sure seen his fair share of criticism this year, but he had a very solid week. He tied for the team lead in goals and points, was tied for 2nd in takeaways and was tied for 5th in shots. He extended his point streak to 3 straight games and earned a 6 minute increase to his time on ice as compared to the previous week. His possession numbers also saw a huge increase as he tied for the team lead in All Situations Corsi. He also finished in the top 3 in all other possession categories with his lowest being All Situations Shots For at 59.4%. While he hasn't been this good the rest of the season, you have to wonder if the issue was where the coach was putting him? As a 3rd line center, he's simply overmatched and his weaknesses are exposed. As a 4th line center, his faceoffs still suck, but he has shown to be pretty darn good. Has he found his spot on this Hurricanes team or will he be wearing a different sweater in a month?
  • Drayson Bowman - One of the Canes few 3rd Round or lower draft picks that have even made it to the NHL. Bowman too had a very solid week. He scored the lone goal against the Habs and tied the team high for goals this week. He also finished 4th on the team in shots and had good possession numbers. Bowman's possession numbers were particularly strong in 5 on 5 Close situations, where he was between 73.7% and 80%. Bowman is a very interesting case for Carolina's management. He was changed his game over the years to better fit the need of a bottom 6 player, but Carolina drafted him for his scoring ability. He shows that scoring ability from time to time, but it usually comes in small stretches and then disappears for a number of games. If he can put some consistency together, he could turn into one of Carolina's few draft success stories.
  • Tuomo Ruutu - The "Hot List" concludes with the last member of the Canes 4th line. Ruutu had one of his better weeks of the season. He contributed an assist, finished a +1 and had a team high 7 hits. He also tied for 2nd in takeaways and was outstanding possession-wise. He finished 1st or tied for 1st in 5 of the 6 categories I measure and finished tied for 2nd in the final category, less than 1% behind Jeff Skinner. His ice time was still limited, but he did see an increase of almost 5 minutes. Maybe his game is coming around for the Olympics or maybe his hips are starting to feel better. I originally thought it would be better for him to rest during the Olympic break, but if he can continue playing well for Team Finland, it might be a perfect audition with the trade deadline approaching. He's a real good guy, but Jim Rutherford needs to do whatever he can to get out from under the porous contract he signed Ruutu to a couple of seasons ago.

Who's Not

  • Jiri Tlusty/Eric Staal/Alexander Semin - They did account for 2 of the 6 goals Carolina scored this week and they were the only line with all members finishing on the plus side. But this team needs so much more than that from these guys. They were particularly poor in the Montreal game, getting no points and combining for 6 giveaways. This line was really good at the latter part of January, but Eric has been held off the scoresheet in 4 of his last 5 games and as Eric goes, so does this line. The Canes top really needs to step up it's game when play resumes later this month. It sets the tone for the team and without them going, the Hurricanes aren't going anywhere.
  • Andrej Sekera/Justin Faulk - When this pairing has a bad game, Carolina is almost certain to lose. They had another bad one against the Habs and actually ended the week by being on the ice for every goal against. They made up for it slightly by contributing a goal & an assist, but the primary point of defensemen is preventing goals. Both players are heading to the Olympics with Sekera probably going to see a little more time than Faulk. I'm actually hoping that Faulk is used sparingly, so that he can get some rest. But I pray that this Olympic hockey coupled with their already high ice time doesn't lead to them being worn out for the stretch run. This is a good, young pairing that could really become better if used a little better by the coaching staff. But without a true #4 defenseman, these guys are pressed into so many duties, it wears them down mentally and physically from time to time.
  • Nathan Gerbe/Manny Malhotra/Patrick Dwyer - Well, the whole "Not List" was groups rather than individuals and I'll wrap it up with a real disappointment. When this line was first put together a couple weeks ago, they came out on fire and we all thought we might actually have a 3rd line. But opponents have been stomping the line and the fire is dead. These guys contributed 0 points and were a combined -3 for the week. They also were dominated in every possession category, finishing in the bottom 5 in every one. It's really a difficult position Kirk Muller finds himself in. The Canes basically have 2 4th lines right now, 1 that's hot and 1 that's not. It appears that Nash can handle 4th line duties, but is overwhelmed on the 3rd line, same for Malhotra. Gerbe could probably play in 2nd or 3rd line situations, but he needs a good center to help him out. I don't know what the answers are, but I imagine we'll see some changes in the bottom 6 by March 5th.

Notable Weekly Team Stats

  • Scoring league-wide was little down this week and as a result, the Canes finished tied for 6th at 3.00 goals per game. They also finished middle of the pack with 2.50 goals against per game, which was tied for 16th with 6 other teams.
  • Carolina's PP had one of it's best percentages in a while, going 20.0%, tied for 8th. But they still were 1 of 5 and could have used one early on against the Habs.
  • Here's something I generally can't say, the PK was perfect for the week. They stopped all 5 opportunities against and tied for 1st in the NHL with 12 other teams.
  • The Hurricanes shot totals, for & against, were pretty solid this week. They averaged 32.0 shots per game, tied for 9th in the league. And they gave up 29.5 shots against per game, good for 13th.
  • Carolina finished in the top 10 in takeaways with 26 (1st) and blocked shots with 34 (tied 7th). Takeaways have been a Hurricane specialty, but finishing that high in blocks after being 30th last week is a good sign. They were only average in hits with 40 (tied 16th) and turnover margin at -2 (tied 13th).
  • Faceoffs continue to be another strong point for the Canes as they finished 2nd, winning 56.4% of their draws. Eric squeaked out the lead at 65.9%, Jordan was runner-up at 65.0%, Manny followed at 54.2% and Riley again was last at 36.4%.
  • The Corsi For & Fenwick For are a little misleading this week. In the game the Canes won, their opponent won the possession battle. But in the game the Canes lost, they dominated possession. Funny how those things work out sometimes. Carolina's 5 on 5 Corsi For percentage for the week was 51.6% and their Fenwick For percentage was 53.4%.
  • Team Stat of the Week - Giveaways - 28 - The Hurricanes tied for a league-worst 28 giveaways in their 2 games. Giveaways have been an ongoing problem for the Canes. They have finished in the top 10 in fewest giveaways every season since 07/08, yet this year they are 23rd. What has changed so much between the previous years and this one? Whatever it is, the coaches and players need to fix it. Giveaways often lead to prime scoring opportunities for the opponent and limit yours.

Former Canes Weekly Stats

Players

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

Bks

GvA

TkA

R. Vrbata

PHX

2

18:57

2

0

2

-1

0

8

1

2

0

1

C. Adams

PIT

2

12:23

0

1

1

E

0

2

4

2

0

0

T. Bodie

TOR

2

13:17

0

1

1

2

0

5

7

0

0

0

T. Gleason

TOR

2

19:21

0

1

1

1

14

2

5

5

2

1

J. Jokinen

PIT

2

16:18

0

1

1

2

0

4

0

1

2

0

A. Ladd

WPG

2

22:41

0

1

1

-1

0

6

6

1

2

3

B. Sutter

PIT

2

16:05

0

1

1

1

0

4

2

1

0

0

R. Whitney

DAL

2

12:11

1

0

1

1

0

4

1

0

2

2

B. Allen

ANA

1

15:34

0

0

0

E

7

1

5

2

0

0

R. Carter

NJD

2

8:53

0

0

0

E

2

0

2

0

0

1

E. Cole

DAL

2

16:20

0

0

0

-2

4

2

5

0

2

0

M. Cullen

NSH

1

7:36

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

1

Z. Dalpe

VAN

2

6:44

0

0

0

E

0

3

3

0

0

0

A. Hall

PHI

2

11:18

0

0

0

E

2

2

0

3

0

0

J. McBain

BUF

2

18:42

0

0

0

-4

2

1

0

2

0

0

K. Westgarth

CGY

1

6:11

0

0

0

E

0

0

1

0

0

0

J. Williams

LAK

1

15:12

0

0

0

E

0

2

0

0

3

0

A. Alberts

VAN

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

J. Corvo

OTT

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

M. Cullen

NSH

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

D. Seidenberg

BOS

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

J. Welsh

VAN

0

0:00

0

0

0

E

0

0

0

0

0

0

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