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Just when you expect them to battle for the bottom, the Carolina Hurricanes open up some scoring and collect 5 of a possible 6 points. The team has only increased to 28th place, but 26th isn't too far out of reach and its time for teams at the bottom to start selling off their players. Will Carolina join in on the garage sell or do they do what they do best, stand pat?

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It's a tough time for me to be a Hurricane fan.  I really do want to see the team do well, but I KNOW the best option for this organization's long-term health is for them to lose and lose a lot!  This week didn't help them get any closer to that long-term goal, but the offense broke out and the boys collect 2 wins and a loser point.  It is always nice beating Buffalo, but it is even better stomping on Slugs.  And that is what happened last Thursday in Raleigh as the Canes won 5-2.  They should have won their next game in St. Louis, but they couldn't hold on to 2 leads and lost in the shootout.  They again took an early lead at home against the Avs, only to see a 3rd period push send them to another shootout.  But the Canes Sweded Colorado in the shootout and got the victory.  Now the Canes face 3 Canadian teams before the All-Star break, will the streak continue?  Here are the stats for 1/7/15 through 1/13/15.

Canes Weekly Stats

Player

GP

TO/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

FO%

Ryan Murphy

3

18:53

0

4

4

2

2

3

1

1

3

1

Victor Rask

3

16:40

2

1

3

1

2

8

2

1

1

2

51.0

Jeff Skinner

3

15:24

2

1

3

2

0

8

2

0

4

4

33.3

Eric Staal

3

17:09

2

0

2

1

2

13

0

0

0

1

50.0

Nathan Gerbe

3

16:02

0

2

2

1

0

7

0

0

3

3

66.7

Jiri Tlusty

3

14:29

1

1

2

2

2

7

4

1

1

2

Riley Nash

3

16:44

2

0

2

3

0

10

6

4

1

6

40.5

Justin Faulk

3

24:15

0

2

2

2

2

5

5

1

0

3

Alexander Semin

3

16:43

0

2

2

2

0

2

0

2

1

6

Tim Gleason

3

17:22

0

1

1

-3

5

4

7

5

1

2

Jordan Staal

3

17:37

1

0

1

-1

0

7

5

0

3

4

53.3

Elias Lindholm

3

16:44

0

1

1

-1

0

9

0

1

3

0

50.0

Jay McClement

3

13:42

0

1

1

-2

0

6

1

1

0

1

50.0

Brad Malone

3

10:13

0

1

1

0

2

4

6

1

1

1

0

John-Michael Liles

2

16:56

0

1

1

-1

2

5

2

5

1

2

Patrick Dwyer

3

12:33

1

0

1

-1

0

6

3

3

1

0

Ron Hainsey

3

23:23

0

1

1

4

0

1

3

2

1

0

Andrej Sekera

3

23:00

0

0

0

-1

0

2

4

2

1

3

Brett Bellemore

1

19:28

0

0

0

E

0

0

2

0

1

0

Goalie

GP

GS

W

L

OTL

Shots

GA

Sv

Sv %

GAA

Ev Sv %

PP Sv %

Anton Khudobin

1

1

1

0

0

30

2

28

.933

1.85

.929

1.000

Cam Ward

2

2

1

0

1

55

6

49

.891

2.88

.880

1.000


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%

5CCF%

5CFF%

OZst

DZst

Murphy

3

61.6

57.6

70.8

66.1

21

13

Lindholm

3

61.1

57.5

69.4

65.0

26

9

E. Staal

3

65.0

61.7

67.7

66.0

25

12

Faulk

3

66.0

62.6

67.7

63.5

28

23

Gerbe

3

65.3

63.2

67.2

65.3

15

19

Sekera

3

61.3

57.6

67.1

63.8

18

24

Hainsey

3

56.0

52.9

64.7

60.7

24

26

Dwyer

3

51.4

48.0

63.6

63.6

5

20

Tlusty

3

58.2

61.3

62.9

60.9

15

18

Rask

3

65.0

65.1

62.3

61.5

30

14

Nash

3

59.4

56.3

60.9

58.7

11

19

Malone

3

54.9

54.3

58.3

57.1

5

14

Skinner

3

60.0

59.4

58.1

55.6

26

14

McClement

3

50.6

49.2

57.7

56.1

7

25

Semin

3

59.2

57.9

55.7

53.3

22

15

J. Staal

3

59.4

55.1

55.6

61.4

23

9

Liles

2

53.8

51.9

54.5

55.6

18

16

Gleason

3

49.1

48.0

51.3

52.6

18

22

Bellemore

1

42.9

41.2

42.1

40.0

3

8


Weekly Studs

Ryan Murphy – I have been very critical of Murphy and his future here in Carolina.  Well this week, he deserves some praise, because he had his best 3-game offensive outbreak of his career.  He led the team with 4 points and 4 assists.  He also had a team high 70.8% Corsi and 66.1% Fenwick possession numbers at 5-on-5 Close.  Statistically Murphy had about as good a week as a young, offensive defenseman can have.  But another thing that really stood out to me was his own-ice confidence.  Many times this year, he’s look lost and scared.  This week, he was noticeably more confident and his play reflected that.  I still have my questions about his future here, but those questions might be answered if he can keep this play up.

Victor Rask – The rookie has been really impressive this season, playing in multiple situations and playing a complete game.  He did hit a wall in December, going 15 games without a point, but that streak was snapped last week with an assist in Nashville.  This week, all he did was score 2 goals, add an assist, score a shootout goal and was 51% in the dot.  All of his possession numbers were above 61% and for the year, he ranks in Carolina top 5 in most possession categories.  A lot is asked of the rookie and for the most part he has delivered.  There will be bumps along the road, but I’m really excited to see how this rookie continues to develop.  I guess that early season ranking in his draft year might not have been too far off?

Eric Staal –If you compare this week to Eric’s last week, it was probably a step backwards.  But he still tied for the team lead in goals with 2, led the team in shots with 13 and was in the top 4 in all possession categories, 65% or higher in 3 of them.  But the thing that stands out to me the most is his on-ice demeanor.  He seems rejuvenated, playing with more energy, skating much better, battling more and the biggest key, shooting the puck.  This seems more like the Eric Staal that was around the last time the Canes made the playoffs.  I don’t know if he just finally feels healthy, if it’s playing on a line with his brother or a combination of both.  But I like this Eric and hope to see more of it this season and next.

Weekly Duds

Andrej Sekera – The Canes usually don’t score much, but this week was an exception.  There were only 2 players that didn’t register a point and one of those was Sekera.  There were also only 2 players that registered less shots on goal than Sekera’s 2, the defensive pairing of Hainsey & Bellemore (Bellemore only played in 1 game).  While he still played his typical solid game, this is likely the Canes key trade chip and they need him to get them as much as possible in return.  This week doesn’t necessarily hurt his stock, but he could have done more to improve it.  It was also surprising to see Sekera as the #3 defenseman in time-on-ice this week, behind Faulk and Hainsey.

Alexander Semin – Maybe I’m being nitpicky since Alex did get 2 assists and end up with a +2 rating.  But it could be argued that Semin is the best shooter on this team and only registering 2 shots on goal in 3 games is unacceptable.  At $7 million, this team expects, no, let me say demands more from Semin.  He needs to be a threat almost every time he touches the ice and that isn’t happening.  He has improved, but we’re over halfway through the season and he has 1 goal and only 30 shots.  While Semin has missed a number of games, he still has 90 more minutes of ice time than Brad Malone and Malone has 32 shots on goal.  This is beyond frustration at this point, he needs to get his blanket-blank together or retire or do something.

Cam Ward – I’m sorry, but I’ve got to put Cam in this spot for this week.  Since November 1st, Cam has posted a 0.923 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average.  On many nights he has kept the game competitive almost single-handedly.  But this week, when the team finally decides to score and actually wins the possession game, he struggles.  A 2.88 goals against average isn’t horrible, but dropping to a 0.891 save percentage is significant.  It seems or at least has been rumored that Cam doesn’t want to waive his NTC and wants to stay in Raleigh.  If so, he needs to make sure this week is an aberration and get back to the way he played in November & December.

Weekly Team Stats

Goals Per Game

Goals Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

G/PG

Ranking

Team

GA/PG

1.

St. Louis

5.00

T1.

Nashville

1.33

2.

Winnipeg

4.25

T1.

NY Islanders

1.33

3.

Florida

3.75

3.

Boston

1.50

T4.

Carolina

3.67

4.

Washington

1.75

T4.

Nashville

3.67

T5.

Detroit

2.00

T4.

NY Islanders

3.67

T5.

Montreal

2.00

T4.

Ottawa

3.67

T5.

NY Rangers

2.00

T4.

Philadelphia

3.67

T5.

Pittsburgh

2.00

T4.

Pittsburgh

3.67

9.

Colorado

2.25

T10.

Chicago

3.33

T10.

Carolina

2.67

Shots Per Game

Shots Against Per Game

Ranking

Team

S/PG

Ranking

Team

SA/PG

1.

NY Islanders

38.3

1.

Toronto

22.0

2.

Pittsburgh

37.7

2.

NY Islanders

22.7

3.

Minnesota

37.5

T3.

Los Angeles

23.3

4.

Ottawa

37.3

T3.

Philadelphia

23.3

5.

Carolina

35.7

5.

St. Louis

23.7

6.

Anaheim

34.0

T6.

Boston

24.3

7.

Vancouver

33.3

T6.

Detroit

24.3

8.

Winnipeg

31.8

8.

Edmonton

25.7

9.

St. Louis

30.7

9.

Tampa Bay

26.7

10.

Arizona

30.3

13.

Carolina

28.3

PowerPlay Percentage

Penalty Kill Percentage

Ranking

Team

PP %

Ranking

Team

PK %

1.

Columbus

40.0

T1.

Anaheim

100

2.

Anaheim

37.5

T1.

Carolina

100

3.

Philadelphia

35.7

T1.

Edmonton

100

4.

Ottawa

33.3

T1.

Nashville

100

5.

Washington

30.0

T1.

Pittsburgh

100

T6.

Edmonton

28.6

6.

Boston

93.8

T6.

San Jose

28.6

7.

Colorado

92.9

T8.

Colorado

25.0

T8.

Detroit

87.5

T8.

Detroit

25.0

T8.

St. Louis

87.5

T20.

Carolina

14.3

10.

New Jersey

85.7

Hits

Blocked Shots

Ranking

Team

Hits

Ranking

Team

BkS

1.

Winnipeg

139

1.

Colorado

98

2.

Arizona

123

2.

Minnesota

95

3.

Boston

111

3.

Washington

71

T4.

Colorado

105

4.

NY Rangers

68

T4.

NY Rangers

105

5.

Florida

61

T4.

Philadelphia

105

6.

Buffalo

60

T7.

Los Angeles

102

T7.

Arizona

54

T7.

Washington

102

T7.

Chicago

54

9.

NY Islanders

93

9.

Calgary

51

24.

Carolina

53

T22.

Carolina

30

Giveaways

Takeaways

Ranking

Team

GvA

Ranking

Team

TkA

T1.

Columbus

12

1.

Carolina

41

T1.

Montreal

12

2.

Washington

34

3.

St. Louis

13

3.

Edmonton

33

4.

Arizona

14

4.

Florida

28

T5.

Minnesota

15

T5.

Colorado

26

T5.

NY Islanders

15

T5.

NY Rangers

26

T5.

Ottawa

15

7.

Vancouver

25

8.

New Jersey

17

8.

Calgary

24

T9.

Detroit

19

T9.

Boston

23

T16.

Carolina

27

T9.

Minnesota

23

Team Faceoff Percentage

Team Save Percentage

Ranking

Team

FO %

Ranking

Team

Sv %

1.

St. Louis

60.0

1.

Nashville

0.955

2.

Anaheim

58.0

2.

Montreal

0.946

3.

Toronto

55.9

T3.

Colorado

0.944

4.

Boston

55.4

T3.

Washington

0.944

5.

Chicago

55.2

5.

NY Islanders

0.941

6.

San Jose

55.0

6.

NY Rangers

0.939

7.

NY Islanders

54.7

7.

Boston

0.938

8.

Los Angeles

53.4

8.

Pittsburgh

0.929

T9.

Dallas

53.2

9.

Chicago

0.922

T19.

Carolina

48.1

10.

Carolina

0.906


Former Canes Weekly Stats

Player

Team

GP

TOI/G

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

Hits

BkS

GvA

Tka

ASCF%

Ladd

WPG

4

19:43

1

3

4

2

4

12

11

2

3

1

62.5

Jokinen

FLA

4

18:05

0

3

3

1

4

6

1

6

1

0

44.5

Williams

LAK

3

18:40

3

0

3

1

0

8

0

1

1

3

64.9

Cole

DAL

2

16:22

1

1

2

1

0

3

6

0

2

0

48.3

Seidenberg

BOS

4

23:17

0

1

1

6

0

6

8

5

2

0

43.2

Sutter

PIT

3

18:51

1

0

1

E

0

10

0

0

1

0

51.5

Adams

PIT

3

11:23

0

1

1

2

0

4

17

1

0

0

48.2

Harrison

WPG

4

15:35

1

0

1

-2

4

3

8

1

2

1

45.8

Dalpe

BUF

1

8:00

0

0

0

E

0

1

1

1

1

1

31.3

McBain

LAK

1

14:17

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

60.7

Carter

MIN

4

11:05

0

0

0

E

7

7

8

1

0

2

46.3

Ruutu

NJD

2

9:17

0

0

0

E

0

1

3

1

2

0

38.1

Cullen

NSH

2

12:07

0

0

0

1

0

3

0

0

0

0

47.5

Bodie

TOR

2

3:59

0

0

0

E

5

0

2

0

0

0

38.5

Vrbata

VAN

3

16:05

0

0

0

-1

0

7

1

1

2

0

58.9