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If the first 3 games of the season are any indication how the rest of the year will play out, it looks like we Caniacs will be in for a very long year. Based on injuries and results, things probably couldn't have gone much worse for the Canes, but the team does appear to be giving a full effort. With a depleted roster and a new coaching staff, things will take time. As long as we can see the team continue to progress as the season moves along, I think I will be satisfied. But no matter what, I suggest we all settle in for what looks to be a long season.

Bruce Bennett

Welcome to Storm Tracking for the 2014/2015 season.  This recurring article will focus on weekly statistics for the team and individual players, both current and former Hurricanes.  My "week" will start on Wednesday and conclude with the last game on Tuesday night.  The information and structure of the article will be very similar to last season's articles, but I have made a few tweaks here and there.  Since ExtraSkater.com is no longer up and running, the new website I use for advanced stats is War-On-Ice.com (in case any of you are interested in going deeper into advanced stats).  If there is anything in particular that you would like me to see added to the article, please shoot me an email and I will look into it, but remember that compiling this information takes some time.  But on the stats, here are the stats for the week of 10/8/14 through 10/14/14.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Jiri Tlusty

3

20:12

3

1

4

E

0

8

2

1

1

1

100

Riley Nash

3

16:04

1

2

3

3

0

3

3

3

1

3

60.6

Chris Terry

3

10:09

2

1

3

3

2

3

2

0

1

0

66.7

Andrej Sekera

3

18:05

0

2

2

-2

0

2

1

5

0

3

Eric Staal

2

18:12

1

1

2

-2

0

3

0

0

0

0

46.3

Zach Boychuk

1

9:25

1

1

2

2

0

2

3

0

0

1

Alexander Semin

3

19:05

0

2

2

-2

2

6

2

1

1

3

100

Nathan Gerbe

3

17:09

1

0

1

-2

2

6

7

1

2

1

100

Elias Lindholm

3

18:17

0

1

1

-1

0

1

6

1

1

1

63.6

Jay McClement

3

16:32

0

1

1

-2

0

6

4

2

0

2

54.8

John-Michael Liles

3

18:39

0

1

1

-1

0

4

2

1

1

0

Justin Faulk

3

23:45

0

1

1

-2

0

5

6

5

0

0

Jay Harrison

3

17:44

0

1

1

-1

19

5

4

2

1

2

Tim Gleason

3

16:32

0

0

0

E

4

0

10

3

1

0

Ryan Murphy

2

21:20

0

0

0

1

0

6

0

2

2

1

Brad Malone

3

11:39

0

0

0

-3

4

3

12

0

2

3

Patrick Brown

3

11:04

0

0

0

-1

4

4

5

1

0

0

0

Patrick Dwyer

2

12:15

0

0

0

-1

0

1

0

1

0

0

Victor Rask

3

17:10

0

0

0

-2

2

3

3

0

0

1

59.0

Ron Hainsey

2

19:34

0

0

0

-2

0

2

2

5

0

1

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

1

1

0

1

0

31

4

27

.871

4.11

.917

.667

Cam Ward

2

2

0

1

1

52

8

44

.846

3.88

.842

.833

Weekly Advanced Stats

The chart is arranged by the highest 5 on 5 Close Corsi For Percentage.

Here is a little key to some of my abbreviations. AS – All Situations, 5C – 5 on 5 Close, 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.war-on-ice.com.

Player

GP

ASCF%

ASFF%

ASSF%

5CCF%

5CFF%

5CSF%

OZst%

NZst%

DZst%

Harrison

3

55.1

54.5

40.4

66.7

64.0

57.1

27.5

35.3

37.3

Semin

3

67.0

65.8

59.1

62.2

57.7

50.0

46.3

33.3

20.4

Murphy

2

70.8

65.2

60.9

62.1

50.0

53.3

51.2

31.7

17.1

Tlusty

3

63.6

62.5

59.6

59.0

56.7

55.0

45.5

33.3

21.2

Liles

3

60.0

58.0

57.1

57.6

58.3

60.0

45.5

36.4

18.2

Boychuk

1

64.7

66.7

62.5

54.5

55.6

40.0

50.0

41.7

8.3

Nash

3

62.2

61.1

51.4

54.2

43.8

36.4

39.0

34.1

26.8

McClement

3

38.4

41.7

34.0

53.6

54.5

45.5

14.0

30.2

55.8

Hainsey

2

49.3

47.7

46.9

52.2

41.7

55.6

43.2

40.9

15.9

E. Staal

2

60.3

61.2

59.4

50.0

46.7

40.0

38.6

34.1

27.3

Gerbe

3

53.5

49.2

42.3

48.3

39.1

35.3

37.3

35.3

27.5

Rask

3

55.4

53.2

50.0

46.9

42.3

38.9

45.1

37.3

17.6

Terry

3

68.2

71.0

69.2

46.7

45.5

40.0

43.5

39.1

17.4

Lindholm

3

56.0

56.1

53.3

46.4

43.5

41.2

47.2

35.8

17.0

Gleason

3

34.8

36.7

23.1

46.2

47.8

31.3

28.2

25.6

46.2

Malone

3

37.9

40.8

32.4

44.0

45.0

27.3

20.0

32.0

48.0

Brown

3

47.3

47.2

33.3

41.9

42.9

30.0

36.4

27.3

36.4

Faulk

3

47.5

48.8

43.9

39.6

36.1

26.1

30.4

36.2

33.3

Dwyer

2

37.2

39.5

42.3

38.5

44.4

60.0

13.0

39.1

47.8

Sekera

3

49.5

50.7

48.9

35.3

37.0

20.0

27.1

31.3

41.7

Weekly Studs

Jiri Tlusty – I was not only impressed with Tlusty’s point production, but also by the way he played.  He played smart and played with effort.  With the team short on experienced talent, more will be asked of him and he’s perfectly capable of producing.  He led the team in goals, points and shots and ranked in the top 5 in all advanced stats categories that I posted.

Chris Terry – Terry didn’t get a tremendous amount of playing time, but he sure made the most of what he got.  His 2 goals were beautiful shots and his pass to Boychuk for the game tying goal against Buffalo was damn near perfect.  Terry obviously has a size disadvantage in the NHL, but the young man has some offense in him.  He’s now has 3 goals in 17 career shots and I really would like to see him get a little more PP time and see what he can do with it.

Riley Nash – When I think of Nash, I generally shake my head and wonder how this guy is even in the NHL. But each year he works on improving his game and the results speak for themselves. His 3 points are currently tied for 2nd on the team and his 60.6% faceoffs are a dramatic improvement over last season. Nash is even clocking in at over 62% in All Situations Corsi and over 54% in 5 on 5 Close Corsi. He might not be the prettiest girl at the dance, but he gets the job done.

Weekly Duds

Alexander Semin – If you go strictly by the stats, Semin doesn’t look like he was that bad.  But if you watched the games, you’ll know why Semin is a dud.  When the team needed him the most, Alex wasn’t even able to get a shot on goal against Buffalo, despite having multiple golden opportunities.  He also continued to do his magic with the puck, which led to him losing possession.  Overall it was just not a good start for Semin and we need him to be a difference maker.  At $7 million dollars a season, I think it is perfectly reasonable to ask for more.

Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin – This team needs their goaltenders to steal some saves for it and neither of these guys have really done that through the first 3 games.  Cam is sporting a 0.846 Sv % and Dobby isn’t much better at a 0.871 Sv %.  Combined the goaltending duo with the 2nd highest cap number in the NHL has a 0.855 Sv %.  That is 27th in the league (surprisingly, the worst Sv % is owned by the most expensive goaltender in the league)!  Yes, we all know this team has defensive issues, but there were still 3 to 5 goals that should not have been through these 3 games.

Andrej Sekera – I’ll probably hear it a little on this one, but I haven’t really liked the way Sekera has started the season.  He is no doubt our best defenseman and the team is undermanned, but a couple of times I have seen him trying to do too much.  This is a team game and he needs to get back to playing that way, the way he played last year.  There are times to take over, but don’t put your teammates in a bad position.  I also need to note that Sekera & Faulk’s 5 on 5 possession numbers are the worst on the team.  While they will see the opponent’s top line more often than not, numbers in the 20s & 30s are just not acceptable.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

Pittsburgh

5.50

1.

Minnesota

0.00

2.

NY Islanders

5.00

T2.

Nashville

1.67

3.

New Jersey

4.33

T2.

Ottawa

1.67

T4.

Chicago

4.00

T2.

San Jose

1.67

T4.

Minnesota

4.00

5.

Tampa Bay

1.75

T4.

San Jose

4.00

T6.

Chicago

2.00

T4.

Vancouver

4.00

T6.

Detroit

2.00

8.

Anaheim

3.75

T6.

New Jersey

2.00

9.

Toronto

3.50

T6.

St. Louis

2.00

T13.

Carolina

3.00

T26.

Carolina

4.00

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

Minnesota

41.0

1.

Detroit

21.5

2.

Pittsburgh

40.0

2.

Nashville

22.0

3.

Vancouver

38.0

3.

Minnesota

23.0

4.

Chicago

36.5

4.

Boston

23.8

5.

Tampa Bay

35.0

5.

Tampa Bay

24.3

6.

Arizona

34.0

6.

St. Louis

24.5

7.

Edmonton

33.7

7.

Washington

25.3

8.

Philadelphia

33.3

8.

Florida

26.3

T9.

Columbus

33.0

9.

Arizona

26.5

29.

Carolina

24.3

T12.

Carolina

27.7

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

Pittsburgh

44.4%

T1.

Arizona

0.00%

2.

NY Islanders

41.7%

T1.

Columbus

0.00%

T3.

Carolina

33.3%

T1.

Detroit

0.00%

T3.

Edmonton

33.3%

T1.

Minnesota

0.00%

5.

Tampa Bay

31.6%

T1.

Winnipeg

0.00%

6.

Washington

30.8%

6.

Colorado

93.8%

7.

Vancouver

30.0%

7.

Tampa Bay

92.3%

T8.

Philadelphia

29.4%

8.

Washington

91.7%

T8.

Toronto

29.4%

T9.

Chicago

90.0%

10.

Arizona

28.6%

29.

Carolina

60.0%

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Los Angeles

131

T1.

Montreal

73

2.

Toronto

129

T1.

Philadelphia

73

3.

Anaheim

116

3.

Buffalo

71

4.

Philadelphia

114

4.

Anaheim

67

5.

Colorado

105

5.

Calgary

58

6.

Buffalo

99

6.

Toronto

57

T7.

Calgary

92

7.

San Jose

55

T7.

Tampa Bay

92

T8.

Colorado

54

T9.

Florida

90

T8.

Dallas

54

17.

Carolina

74

19.

Carolina

34

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

1.

St. Louis

4

1.

Toronto

36

2.

Minnesota

8

2.

Colorado

32

T3.

Arizona

13

3.

Tampa Bay

29

T3.

Columbus

13

4.

NY Rangers

28

T5.

Carolina

14

5.

Nashville

27

T5.

Florida

14

T6.

Carolina

23

T7.

Detroit

15

T6.

Dallas

23

T7.

Ottawa

15

T6.

Ottawa

23

T7.

Vancouver

15

T6.

Washington

23

10.

New Jersey

16

T10.

Boston

22

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

Carolina

56.6%

1.

Minnesota

1.000

2.

Montreal

55.4%

2.

Ottawa

0.953

3.

St. Louis

55.1%

3.

San Jose

0.949

T4.

Anaheim

55.0%

4.

New Jersey

0.937

T4.

Boston

55.0%

5.

Los Angeles

0.932

6.

San Jose

53.8%

6.

Chicago

0.930

7.

Columbus

52.6%

7.

Tampa Bay

0.928

8.

Minnesota

52.1%

8.

Nashville

0.924

9.

Arizona

52.0%

9.

Washington

0.921

10.

Toronto

51.6%

27.

Carolina

0.855

Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Vrbata

VAN

2

19:10

2

1

3

2

2

9

2

0

1

1

59.1%

Sutter

PIT

2

18:50

2

0

2

4

0

4

3

1

0

4

54.4%

Williams

LAK

4

15:17

1

0

1

-1

2

11

6

1

2

3

60.0%

Ruutu

NJD

3

8:16

1

0

1

1

4

1

12

2

0

0

38.7%

Ladd

WPG

3

18:52

0

0

0

-4

4

6

9

2

0

0

46.6%

Seidenberg

BOS

4

18:32

0

0

0

-2

6

9

6

5

1

0

38.3%

Cole

DAL

2

11:40

0

0

0

E

2

0

2

0

0

1

43.2%

Eaves

DAL

2

10:16

0

0

0

-2

0

3

2

1

0

0

54.8%

Jokinen

FLA

3

16:51

0

0

0

E

4

4

2

2

1

1

60.0%

Carter

MIN

2

9:22

0

0

0

E

8

2

4

0

0

2

56.0%

Malhotra

MTL

4

12:08

0

0

0

-3

0

1

0

4

1

0

31.5%

Adams

PIT

2

10:38

0

0

0

E

0

2

5

0

0

0

53.5%