Storm Tracking: Examining Weather Patterns

Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

As I have said before, the Carolina Hurricanes are like North Carolina weather, you just don't know what you're going to get. But there are certain weather patterns that are predictable, like I can almost assure you that July will be hot and humid. And even though the Canes are an inconsistent bunch, one constant has been that by mid-April, the PNC Arena is devoid of hockey.

The final horn has gone off on the Carolina Hurricanes season and while the Canes walked away with a win, the season as a whole has to be considered a loss. It's now 5 years in a row and 11 of 16 seasons since moving to Raleigh without a playoff appearance. So somethings need to change and this summer looks like a critical one for franchise. So with the season done and this being the last Storm Tracking article, I thought I would change things up a bit. Instead of focusing on the weekly stats, I decided to focus on the season stats for each individual player. See how each player fared this season, who was good, who was solid and who was bad. I've added a couple of things, moved others around and excluded the team stat portion. So here we go, for the last time. Here are the stats for the 2013/2014 season.

Canes Season Stats

Players

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

TkA

FO%

E. Staal

79

20:17

21

40

61

-13

74

230

67

28

61

77

52.7

Skinner

71

17:11

33

21

54

-14

22

274

22

8

43

48

45.1

Sekera

74

23:40

11

33

44

4

20

142

54

127

38

68

0

Semin

65

19:54

22

20

42

1

42

210

22

30

56

49

10.0

J. Staal

82

18:56

15

25

40

2

34

165

194

37

41

51

54.4

Faulk

76

23:24

5

27

32

-9

37

152

94

102

47

41

0

Gerbe

81

16:24

16

15

31

-6

36

221

53

15

34

48

33.3

Tlusty

68

15:10

16

14

30

2

22

131

88

38

19

26

20.0

Nash

73

12:40

10

14

24

E

29

86

81

22

18

54

45.9

Dwyer

75

14:39

8

14

22

-2

14

134

107

48

26

44

37.5

Loktionov

68

12:59

7

15

22

-2

4

70

51

17

28

37

41.7

Lindholm

58

14:31

9

12

21

-14

4

70

51

17

28

37

46.3

Hainsey

82

21:26

4

11

15

-9

45

72

96

124

40

36

0

Harrison

68

16:37

4

11

15

-1

44

103

141

82

23

8

0

Malhotra

69

11:35

7

6

13

E

18

53

82

56

21

24

59.5

Bowman

70

10:21

4

8

12

-2

16

80

45

18

12

19

60.0

Murphy

48

18:17

2

10

12

-9

10

81

22

58

46

32

0

Dvorak

60

10:38

4

5

9

3

41

52

17

25

21

26

50.0

Liles

41

19:39

2

7

9

5

8

56

50

80

18

14

0

Bellemore

64

17:28

2

6

8

-1

45

54

169

98

39

21

0

Boychuk

11

10:11

1

3

4

2

0

15

17

2

1

4

0

Komisarek

32

11:41

0

4

4

-4

14

20

70

27

16

3

0

Sutter

17

7:33

1

1

2

-4

9

16

35

2

2

4

50.7

Terry

10

12:04

0

2

2

-4

0

13

9

6

3

7

0

Palushaj

2

9:19

0

0

0

-1

0

2

3

0

1

0

50.0

Players

GP

W

L

OTL

SA

GA

Sv

S%

GAA

Ev%

PP%

SH %

SO%

Khudobin

36

19

14

1

1076

80

996

.926

2.30

.934

.888

.793

1.000

Peters

21

7

9

4

626

51

575

.919

2.50

.921

.898

1.000

.333

Ward

30

10

12

6

824

84

740

.898

3.06

.909

.832

.889

.625

All Situations Possession Stats

All Situations

Players

TGF

TGA

CF%

FF%

SF%

Semin

67

51

60.4

59.5

58.2

Skinner

73

58

58.6

56.6

56.5

E. Staal

89

85

57.4

55.9

55.2

Loktionov

36

32

56.8

55.9

55.1

Lindholm

38

38

56.0

53.6

54.0

Palushaj

0

1

55.6

53.8

55.0

J. Staal

61

65

55.0

54.1

53.6

Gerbe

43

48

54.3

53.4

52.4

Terry

3

5

54.1

52.6

47.8

Liles

37

23

54.0

54.4

56.2

Murphy

27

32

53.8

51.8

51.1

Tlusty

48

44

53.1

52.5

52.6

Sekera

92

93

51.8

50.7

49.4

Boychuk

4

2

51.1

50.4

50.5

Faulk

89

106

50.9

48.8

48.3

Nash

38

31

50.7

49.6

50.7

Harrison

47

44

49.1

47.5

48.5

Hainsey

54

77

48.3

48.6

49.5

Komisarek

11

18

47.8

43.6

44.7

Bowman

22

25

46.1

45.4

46.2

Bellemore

30

41

45.0

45.5

47.0

Sutter

3

7

44.3

43.9

43.8

Dwyer

27

46

43.7

44.1

44.7

Dvorak

22

26

40.3

38.5

40.4

Malhotra

25

37

37.0

36.3

39.3

5 on 5 Possession Stats

5 on 5

Players

F

A

CF%

FF%

SF%

Palushaj

0

1

56.3

58.3

61.1

Semin

42

35

55.2

54.6

53.5

Loktionov

29

27

55.1

54.3

53.3

J. Staal

32

28

53.9

53.6

52.3

E. Staal

50

57

52.4

51.3

50.3

Faulk

56

65

51.8

50.3

49.7

Gerbe

28

33

51.8

51.4

50.6

Sekera

58

57

51.5

50.6

49.0

Skinner

40

45

51.2

49.4

48.9

Tlusty

37

34

51.2

51.1

51.6

Hainsey

41

49

51.0

51.6

52.5

Nash

29

27

50.6

49.8

50.6

Lindholm

23

31

49.6

47.7

48.9

Liles

26

20

49.5

50.8

52.0

Terry

1

5

49.1

47.4

42.3

Murphy

20

26

48.8

46.8

46.5

Komisarek

11

15

48.5

44.9

46.2

Dwyer

21

26

48.4

48.9

49.5

Bellemore

25

27

48.4

49.1

50.0

Harrison

36

37

47.9

46.4

46.7

Sutter

3

7

46.8

46.3

45.2

Boychuk

4

2

46.2

46.2

46.2

Bowman

21

22

45.5

45.1

46.2

Dvorak

20

18

42.7

41.5

43.3

Malhotra

19

24

41.4

40.6

44.0

5 on 5 Close Possession Stats

5 on 5 Close

Players

F

A

CF%

FF%

SF%

Semin

24

25

54.3

53.1

51.8

J. Staal

23

19

53.3

52.0

51.1

Loktionov

16

19

53.2

52.8

50.8

Tlusty

21

21

52.0

51.2

50.2

Gerbe

21

23

51.8

50.3

49.4

Sekera

38

38

51.4

50.1

48.9

Faulk

35

43

51.3

49.3

48.5

E. Staal

30

36

50.8

49.6

48.6

Nash

20

23

50.0

48.8

49.1

Liles

17

12

49.7

49.9

50.4

Skinner

31

32

49.3

47.6

46.8

Hainsey

25

32

49.2

49.1

49.5

Terry

0

4

48.5

44.4

40.0

Boychuk

2

2

48.3

47.6

46.8

Dwyer

15

18

48.3

47.6

47.9

Lindholm

17

19

48.3

46.4

47.4

Harrison

25

29

47.2

45.6

46.3

Komisarek

9

12

47.1

42.9

44.2

Murphy

15

17

46.8

45.0

44.9

Sutter

2

7

46.7

46.2

46.0

Bellemore

18

21

46.4

47.1

47.9

Palushaj

0

1

44.0

44.4

46.2

Bowman

11

16

43.9

43.7

45.1

Dvorak

15

11

41.5

40.4

43.5

Malhotra

13

15

39.5

39.4

42.3

Who Was Hot

  • Andrej Sekera - I think it would be safe to say that Sekera was the most consistent and best Hurricane player this season from start to finish. Not only did he handle a ton of defensive responsibilities, he also contributed a lot offensively, setting career highs all across the board. He was 2nd on the team in assists with 33 and finished 3rd in points with 44, beating out higher profile players like Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal. But those numbers are strictly a snapshot of the things he provided for the team. Sekera had a team high 127 blocked shots, was 2nd in takeaways with 68 and 2nd in +/- with a +4 on the year. One of the weaker parts of his game were his possession numbers which were right around the 50% mark. They were very close to the team average and you do have to take into consideration that he was constantly going up against the best in the game, playing in almost every critical situation for the Canes. But those are numbers I would like to see improve next season. He also had some bad games or small stretches and when he did the Canes struggled even more, but he honestly was the most consistent Cane this year. And maybe I have my rose-colored glass on, but I would argue that if the Canes record had been better, Sekera might have received some consideration for the Norris Trophy, he was that good. I think he was one of the top 10 all-around defenseman in the league this season and I hope that continues into next year. I also need to retract my original statement about him when the Canes traded for him. The way he played, he is worth every bit and more of Jamie McBain & a 2nd Round Pick.
  • Anton Khudobin - If you talk to Peter Karmanos, a freak injury early on to Khudobin is the main reason Carolina isn’t playing playoff hockey right now. While I don’t completely agree with the Hurricanes owner, you do have to wonder what might have been if Dobby had not injured himself against Phoenix. He started his Hurricanes career with 2 wins before missing 2 ½ months with a lower body injury. When he returned to the lineup, he picked up right where he left off, winning his first 4 games. On the season, Khudobin compiled a 19-14-1 record, but that is nowhere near the whole story. He kept this team in games it had no business being in and stole victory in games this team should have lost. If he got a little more "run support" this season, that record would have been better. But 2 stats that really stood out for Khudobin were his 2.30 GAA and his 0.926 Sv%. The 2.30 GAA was tied for 11th in the league and was half a goal higher when he wasn’t in net for the Canes. His 0.926 Sv% was 5th best in the NHL and set a franchise record. Now there are things he needs to work on, in particular his puck handling, but Khudobin played the part of Ward this season and did it better than Cam has ever done. While many have been critical (and deservedly so) of Jim Rutherford, his signing of Dobby last summer might have been his best free agent signing since 2005. Let’s just hope that Khudobin isn’t a one-hit wonder and continues to play at this level for the next couple of seasons.
  • Jeff Skinner - If I had to describe Skinner, I would probably use the term polarizing figure. Fans either seem to absolutely love him or they find fault in his game no matter what. But no matter which side of the fence you fall on, you have to admit that Skinner is an offensive force in this league and he put together a pretty solid season. He led the team in goals with 33 (11 more than his closest competitor), led the team in shots on goal with 274 (despite only playing in 71 games) and was 2nd in points with 54. Jeff also ranked quite high in "All Situations" possession numbers, finishing 2nd on the team in Corsi, Fenwick and Shots For. But those numbers did drop off come "5-on-5" and "5-on-5 Close" situations, mainly coming in below 50%. He also tied for a team worst -14 rating on the season, but appeared to be playing more responsibly at the end of the season. Skinner and Elias Lindholm really seemed to be developing some chemistry and that is a very good sign for the future. If Jeff can continue taking steps in his own zone and look to involve his teammates more in the offensive zone, his game should progress to the next level. He also needs to work on being a little more consistent, limiting the large stretches of minimal production. But as a young kid, these are things that should improve in time.

Who Was Not

  • Cam Ward - To say Ward had a bad season would be an understatement. At best Cam was simply inconsistent, at worst Cam didn’t even look like a full-time NHL goalie anymore. Not only was he outperformed by the newly acquired Khudobin, but he was also outperformed by Justin Peters. His 3.06 GAA was his highest since his rookie season and is 0.898 Sv% was his lowest since 06/07. Couple this with the 5th highest goalie salary cap number, an increasing salary and multiple trade rumors and you could understand why this would be a year Cam would like to forget. But things have changed and it looks very possible that Ward career in Carolina is over. The big question is whether or not he can regain form and be a #1 goalie in this league again. He certainly has the ability, but he need to regain his confidence and prove that he can be more consistent game to game. Adding to his difficult year were his comments about Kirk Muller in the exit interview. It seems as if there is/has been some friction between Ward and Muller and that might make moving him even more critical this offseason.
  • Eric Staal - Eric is another "core" player that had a very poor season. While some of his stats aren’t horrible, they certainly aren’t near his average and aren’t good enough for a player making $9.25 million. Eric did lead the team in assists with 40, points with 61 and takeaways with 77, but he was close to the bottom in +/- and had a team high 61 giveaways. While injuries to himself and his typical line mates played a factor into his production, he simply must be better. He is the captain, "the straw that stirs the drink," the guy that is counted on and has to figure out how to up his game. His on-ice demeanor needs to improve and he needs to get away from some of the "lazy" penalties. Whether or not Eric is back with the Canes next season (and I hope that he is), there are a number of things he has to work on. He needs to work on strengthening his knee, getting back to the strong skating ability he use to have. He also needs to work on his shot, the Canes are better with him shooting & scoring, it opens up a lot. And he simply needs to show a better work ethic, putting in the work not only improves his game, but sets an example for his teammates. I think we will see a different Eric Staal next, but will it be in a Canes uniform or not?
  • Kirk Muller - While some other guys could have easily been put in this slot, I don’t believe any of them had as big of an influence on the overall performance as Coach Muller. This was Muller’s first season with a full training camp and we definitely did see a different Canes team this year. The defense did improve, but was that because of Muller or because of an upgrade to the defense and goaltender? The offense took a step backwards, as most of the players production actually declined from last season. And Muller’s key selling point, the PP, continued to be one of the worst in the league, costing the team games and momentum. With the rumors that there were some rifts between certain players and Muller, it makes this summer even more interesting. Often it’s easier getting rid of a coach rather than multiple players. And given that Muller hasn’t really proven to be successful as a NHL head coach, I believe his departure may be eminent. I do think Kirk can be a good NHL head coach, he was just given the job to early. Taking what he’s learned here and getting some more experience at the AHL level, should help him become successful at his next job, if that indeed happens.

Former Canes Season Stats

Players

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

Bks

GvA

TkA

Jokinen

PIT

81

15:42

21

36

57

12

18

172

34

31

47

22

Ladd

WPG

78

19:44

23

31

54

8

57

189

154

42

44

37

Vrbata

PHX

80

17:57

20

31

51

-6

22

263

68

27

20

41

Williams

LAK

82

16:57

19

24

43

14

48

239

44

21

75

25

Cullen

NSH

77

15:30

10

29

39

4

32

134

18

22

40

30

Whitney

DAL

69

13:58

9

23

32

-6

14

124

14

16

43

25

Cole

DAL

75

15:10

16

13

29

-17

20

139

89

21

34

31

Sutter

PIT

81

15:46

13

13

26

-9

12

144

69

40

13

29

Ruutu

NJD

76

14:34

8

16

24

-18

44

105

216

34

34

32

McBain

BUF

69

20:09

6

11

17

-13

14

98

34

113

31

12

Adams

PIT

82

12:28

5

6

11

-16

46

73

190

59

16

15

Allen

ANA

68

17:33

0

10

10

20

75

60

121

118

26

8

Seidenberg

BOS

34

21:50

1

9

10

11

10

53

61

66

16

7

Carter

NJD

62

11:20

7

3

10

-6

35

69

72

24

9

14

Corvo

OTT

25

17:31

3

7

10

-7

10

54

15

24

12

5

Bodie

TOR

47

8:38

3

7

10

6

26

50

64

19

7

6

Hall

PHI

80

9:50

4

5

9

-15

23

61

77

46

6

18

Westgarth

CGY

48

6:29

4

3

7

-4

68

31

45

10

12

8

Dalpe

VAN

55

7:08

4

3

7

-7

6

52

36

9

2

4

Gleason

TOR

56

16:36

1

5

6

-21

65

43

156

88

26

9

Eaves

NSH

30

11:16

2

3

5

-7

2

53

43

5

3

8

Welsh

VAN

19

6:51

1

0

1

-1

6

13

16

8

5

3

Alberts

VAN

10

7:23

0

0

0

1

0

5

6

7

4

0

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker