It's still very early, but here is your YTD stat check.
The Carolina Hurricanes have nine games in the books and they couldn't have put together a more mediocre record so far if they tried, (3-3-3). The good news is that they have only played three games at home, (1-1-1) and six, (2-2-2) away. The bad news is, if they don't start playing better at home, the road record won't matter.
Looking at their division, the Caps have yet to lose, Florida is playing better than expected, and Tampa should continue be tough if their goaltending holds up. A loss to last place Winnipeg last week didn't help Carolina's standing as they currently sit in fourth place.
(updated 10.27.2011 at 9:19 AM EDT)
They currently are tied for eighth in the Conference, although some teams behind them have games in hand.
|Toronto Maple Leafs||8||5-2-1||11|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||9||4-3-2||10|
|New Jersey Devils||7||4-2-1||9|
|New York Rangers||7||3-2-2||8|
|New York Islanders||7||3-4-0||6|
The Canes have allowed more goals, (30) than they have scored, (24). They sit at 27th in the league by allowing 3.22 goals per game. They score 2.67 goals per game, good for 14th in the league.
Powerplay percentage is clicking at 15.2%, 18th in the league. They have killed 76.9% of their penalties, rated at 23rd best in the league.
They average taking 29.8 shots per game, good for 16th in the league. They allow an average of 32.8 shots, 26th in the league, which is an improvement.
Faceoff percentage average is 46.5%, rated at 29th in the league. The Canes have been called for a total of 41 minor penalties so far, 24th most in the league.
They have a total of 161 hits, good for 23rd in the league and putting them on pace for about 1500 for the year. Last season they racked up 2128 hits, good for 5th highest in the league.
The team has a 0-3 record once reaching overtime which is last in the league, (two losses in OT, one in SO.)
Regarding individual stats, Jeff Skinner is leading the way in scoring with 10 points.
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The team is about evenly split with plus/minus, with Tim Gleason at the top and Eric Staal at the bottom.
Brandon Sutter still leads the team in faceoff percentage at 54.9%.
After a miniscule amount last season, Chad LaRose has worked his way up to getting 1:52 of powerplay time per game, sixth highest on the team for forwards. Joni Pitkanen leads the way with the most overall time per game, (25:05) and powerplay time per game, (5:37).
Tim Gleason and Bryan Allen top things off with the most PK time, while Patrick Dwyer and Brandon Sutter lead the forwards.
Bryan Allen still leads the way with the most blocked shots, (24) and has also thrown in 13 hits. The blocked shot total is 5th best in the league.
LaRose and Gleason are tied for the team lead with 19 hits each. Last year's team leader Tuomo Ruutu has 16, putting him on pace for about 150. Last season he finished second in the league with 309.
Skinner and Staal are tied with 30 shots on goal each. LaRose is next with 22 and Pitkanen is fourth with 21.
Ruutu leads the team in shooting percentage at 23.1%, (3 goals on 13 shots). Sutter is next at 15.4%, (2 goals on 13 shots). Shoot more boys.
We'll have more stat updates after the next nine or ten games.